Growing up, one of my favorite summer activities was Sunday barbeques with my extended family. During these summer evenings, we would ride four-wheelers, play with a gigantic frisbee and sit around the bonfire. But, no cookout was complete without the food. Our dinners would be complete with potato salad, baked beans, fruit, veggies and delicious burgers grilled to perfection. May is the unofficial kickoff to summer, National Barbeque month and National Beef month. In celebration of National Beef month and all those who are involved in the beef industry, I will share a few Beef related facts with you. The average American eats 62 pounds of beef each year, but, We get more than meat from beef cattle. Other beef by-products include candles, crayons, detergent, and insulation. We use 99% of every steer. The top 5 counties in Illinois for beef cattle include JoDaviess, Adams, Fulton, Hancock and Henry. Beef has 10 essential nutrients; iron, choline, protein, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 & B12. For more beef facts visit www.agintheclassroom.org and look at the new Beef AgMAg.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast Blood Drive: On Saturday, June 22nd, from 6:30a.m.-11:30a.m. the Stephenson County Farm Bureau and Rock River Valley Blood Center will host a Blood Drive. To schedule an appointment, contact the Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186. All donors will receive a free breakfast! First time donors will receive a season pass to the Stephenson County Fair! Appointments are preferred. Walk-Ins welcome! Please bring a valid ID and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Please contact 815-232-3186 with questions.
Dairy Days Parade Entry Forms Now available: This year’s Dairy Day parade will take place on Sunday, June 23 at 1:00p.m. To entry your business, club or organization please pick up a entry form at the Farm Bureau office(210 W Spring Street, Freeport) or download it from our website www.stephensoncfb.org. Call our office with questions 815-232-3186. Parade entry is free.
Register today!: Cellphone Tips and Tricks classes coming soon! Stephenson County Farm Bureau will be partnering with US Cellular to host two Cellphone Tips and Tricks classes. Both classes will be offered on June 13. The first class being for beginner cellphone users will start at 10:00a.m. and last for one hour. The intermediate class will begin at 11:30a.m. and last until 12:30p.m. Both classes will take place at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building, 210 West Spring Street, Freeport. These classes require registration and seating is limited. To register please call 815-232-3186