The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation was established to promote education, leadership development and research in agricultural fields. The Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and internships each year to area college students pursuing careers in one of Illinois’ largest Industries, agriculture.
For a recap of recent Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation activities, click here to view an archive of our annual Report to Donors & Contributors.
The KCFB FOUNDATION is excited about the initiative to raise funds for classroom education about food and farming & to provide college scholarships for local students studying for careers in agriculture. We call it FOOD>Forward. By 2050 there will be 2 billion more hungry mouths to feed around the world, yet statistics show a gap of 25,000 college grads annually for jobs in agriculture related fields. The FOUNDATION believes that the best way to meet the global food challenge is for farming, agriculture and food policy to attract and retain the best minds.
First time donors of $100 or more to FOOD>Forward cab receive a farmstead yard sign (above) recognizing their participation.
We also believe while America’s farmers are engaged in the world’s most competitive industry and that farming is essentially a humanitarian enterprise. Kane County farmers have proven that through our FOUNDATION’s Harvest for ALL hunger relief effort, by providing over 1.3 million meals to food pantries since 2009. Your efforts have been nationally recognized by the AFBF & ASAE, and locally by the West Suburban Philanthropy Network.
Now, we’re asking that you help us do more for the future. Your support of FOOD>Forward funds classroom outreach, getting kids excited about the industry and teaching them how their food is raised. It will also fund dozens of annual FOUNDATION college scholarships for students pursuing agricultural careers. And we will continue to support leadership training and community youth education through grants to local FFA Chapters and 4H.
Our FOUNDATION is dedicated to providing agriculture based education for the next generation, and to meeting the challenge of providing food for a hungry planet. Please make this part of your giving tradition.
Click here for a pledge form or call 630-584-8660 for more information.
Let’s secure a bright future for farms and food!.__________________________________________________________________________________________
Kane County Fair Country Store
The Fair provides the Foundation the opportunity to raise funds and friends by offering unique hand crafted items and farm themed gifts. Buck Bros, Inc of Hampshire and DeKane Implement of Big Rock cooperate in this effort, allowing the Foundation to sell farm toys on consignment.
A second Fair FUNdraiser, the Foundation holds Bucket Raffles in conjunction with our Farm Zoo and the Country Store. Local businesses donate merchandise, gift certificates, etc. for the raffle. Fairgoers purchase the raffle tickets and place their ticket in the bucket corresponding to the prize they hope to win. Funds raised from this event go towards scholarships and internships for college students pursuing careers in agricultural fields of study.
John Buck Memorial Golf Outing
Established in 2001 by an endowment in memory of the late John Deere dealer, the proceeds raised from this annual benefit fund John Buck Memorial Scholarships, administered by the Foundation.
Farm Bureau dues notices
An agreement between the Foundation and the KCFB allows for Farm Bureau member contributions to be made to the Foundation along with annual dues to KCFB.
PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES FUNDED
This annual educational event takes place each April on the lawn of the Kane County Farm Bureau. Touch-A-Tractor is always a hit with adults and kids, thanks to our many generous volunteers, local farmers who contribute farm equipment and antique tractors and local FFA Chapters.
Touch-A-Tractor helps teach families and especially young children more about agriculture and farming with activities for the whole family. Children can ride a pedal tractor, go to the farm animal zoo, & explore the tractors and combines.
Summer Agricultural Institute
A graduate credit course on agricultural research, inputs, production, processing and marketing, the course is invaluable in helping teachers incorporate agriculture into their classrooms. Teachers can register for the course by contacting KCFB at 630-584-8660 or email@example.com.
Credit hours from Aurora University are optional, and you may pay for the credit hours on the first day of the AgTech Tour.
With up to 30 tour sites and presenters, the week-long course provides a broad overview of Kane County farms, commodities and agribusinesses. Teachers consistently rate this course as “one of the best I’ve ever taken!” Click here to find out more.
In March, as many as 2,000 fourth grade elementary school students participate in Kane County Farm Bureau’s AgDays at Mooseheart. This Women's Committee & Ag-in-the-Classroom program promotes the agricultural industry to students in a fun, educational and exciting way.
Students, most from urban and suburban areas are able to experience the may facets of agriculture, its importance and how it affects their daily lives. More than 150 volunteers are required to make AgDays a success. The program’s longevity and volunteer support are indicative of its importance and the chief reason why the Foundation provides financial support for this effort.
Winner’s Choice Raffle
This annual fundraiser helps fund scholarships for local students pursuing agricultural degrees. Click here for details on this year's raffle.
This event began in 2006-07 and raised nearly $14,000 that year. The proceeds from the raffle helped increase Scholarship awards by 50% for students who entered or returned to college in 2007. With a unique twist the Grand Prize was a choice between a restored 1953 Farmall Super H or a new John Deere X324 lawn tractor or $3,000 cash. The winner, a college student and former Foundation Scholarship winner, chose the cash to defray his college tuition.
The Foundation repeated the program in 2008 with a restored John Deere B or a new Cub Cadet lawn tractor as the Grand Prize. The second prize was a Cub Cadet Model 989 21" 5 hp walk-behind mower.
KCFB Foundation “Farm Food & Fuel Raffle” The 2010 Foundation Raffle featured three great prizes: Grand prize,winner's choice of a new John Deere Gator TS 4x2 or $5,000 cash; second prize, $100 in groceries every week for a year; & third prize, $50 in fuel
every month for a year. More than 1,300 tickets were sold, helping raise funds to award 21 area students with KCFB Foundation Scholarships for the 2010-11 school year.
Foundation Truck Raffle
For 2008-09 the Foundation raised funds for scholarship programs with the raffle of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado E85 Extended Cab 4x4 WT or $20,000 cash. Mike Probst's name was drawn from 1,719 entries at the conclusion of Farm Bureau’s Touch-A-Tractor event on March 29. Mike chose the cash prize. Chris Gaitsch of Dundee was chosen as the second place winner of a shiny new John Deere Pedal Tractor. The raffle generated over $10,000 for college scholarship and agricultural literacy programs.
Ag Literacy Library
The Foundation helps to fund many Kane County Farm Bureau Ag Literacy Programs. The Ag Literacy Library, located in the Farm Bureau, is one example. The Library has books for all ages and interests available for check-out by Farm Bureau members & Kane County teachers.
National Ag-in-the-Classroom Conference
Former teacher and Kane County Farm Bureau Ag. Literacy Coordinator Suzi Myers participates annually in the National AITC Conference thanks to the Foundation. Conference tours, workshops, exhibits and contacts help keep local AITC materials and presentations fresh and up to date on the latest technology in agriculture.
University of Illinois Extension Grant
An annual Foundation grant to U of I Extension, Kane County helps fund Extension’s 4-H, youth education, food, and nutrition programs.