The fair is here


The Ogle County Young Leaders Committee will be hosting an educational and interactive booth at the fair to help promote grain safety awareness. Various activities will be set up for all ages to observe and take part in, including mini treasure hunts for the kids and simple demonstrations for adults on how difficult it is to rescue someone that has become trapped in grain. We hope to bring more awareness and thought to the safety measures that need to be taken to prevent such incidents on the farm as well as what farmers to do that can actually help when a grain accident occurs. Look for our tent at the Ogle County Fair. 

Livestock

Fairgoers at the Ogle County Fair will be seeing blue this year; blue ribbons that is! This year as part of an initiative to recognize young people for their efforts in caring for their show animals the Farm Bureau has designated these youngsters as “Champions of Animal Care.”

Each livestock exhibitor at the 2022 Ogle County Fair will display their blue ribbon designating them as a Champion of Animal Care. As part of the initiative each exhibitor was required to sign a pledge card indicating their responsibility to care for all of their animals in a responsible and appropriate manner.

Each year over 220 Ogle County youth participate in the various livestock shows at the county fair featuring goats, sheep, hogs, cows, chickens, rabbits and horses. These youngsters take great pride in the opportunity to show their animals, and take their animals’ welfare seriously throughout the year.

The Ogle County Fair runs from Aug. 3-7. For more information on the Champions of Animal Care contact the Ogle County Farm Bureau at 732-2231.

Battle of the Barns

The Ogle County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are bringing back the Battle of the Barns at the 2022 Ogle County Fair.

The County Fair Exhibit Building will have designated area for each livestock barn. Those wishing to support their favorite barn can drop off non-perishable canned food items in support of their favorite barn.

The winning barn will receive $1000 to be used towards upgrades and maintenance.

Last year Ogle County exhibitors and residents donated over 2,000 food items representing over $3,000 worth of food that was donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank for distribution to Ogle County food pantries.

Items can be donated between Aug. 3-6.

Donation

The Ogle County Farm Bureau Young Leaders through financial support from COUNTRY Financial recently donated grain bin rescue augers to three area fire departments serving Ogle and Lee Counties.

Augers were purchased by COUNTRY Financial and distributed to the Byron, Rochelle and Rural Dixon Fire Departments.

The augers are used in conjunction with grain bin rescue tubes in extracting individuals trapped in collapsed grain inside of grain bins. The rescue augers allow first responders to extricate grain more rapidly saving vital minutes in life saving situations.

The three fire districts were chosen as they were to only ones serving Ogle County that did not currently have a rescue auger on-site.

COUNTRY Financial is a group of US insurance and financial services companies with customers in 19 states. The group of companies offers a range of insurance and financial products and services, including auto, home, life, farm, commercial insurance, retirement planning, investment management and trust services, with offices in communities across Illinois.

The COUNTRY Financial group is ranked annually in the Fortune 1000 list.

The Ogle County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are a Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-34 with an invested interest in agriculture and community service.

Broadband

Ogle County is spear-heading a broadband partnership with other northern Illinois counties and communities: Putnam County, Growth Dimensions Economic Development (Boone County), and Lee County. This is a program through the Accelerate Illinois Broadband initiative.

The vision statement for the partnership is to “Ensure availability of reliable, high-performing, high-speed, affordable broadband to all residents and entities in the north central Illinois region that promotes educational, economic and information opportunities.”

Goals for the region are: To create a technologically advanced broadband network that is affordable, accessible, adaptable, and reliable; To leverage partnerships and resources across the region to support and expand network development; To serve and provide support for all the inclusive services for residents, education, businesses, agriculture, and tourism; and o incorporate scalable improvements that will enhance existing infrastructure and new developments.

The initial objectives developed by the Broadband for All in Northern Illinois partnership focus on: Identifying existing broadband networks in the region, both private and public; identifying underserved areas by means of a needs assessment, community survey and other tools; identifying funding opportunities, both public and private; and identifying physical, policy and other barriers to network development.

To take the survey follow this link: https://go.aces.illinois.edu/2022BroadbandForAllSurvey

Ron Kern is the manager of the Ogle County Farm Bureau.

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