June-Dairy-Month-Bessie[2]Are you interested in meeting a dairy farmer?  You can definitely get a better look at dairy farming during Wagner Farms Annual Dairy Breakfast this Saturday!

Step back in time to farm life from decades past.

  • Milk a cow
  • Feed a chicken
  • Attend a barn dance
  • Tour a restored farmhouse
  • Take a hayride in a horse-drawn wagon
  • Watch corn being planted
  • Learn about where the food we eat comes from

milk chugging contestThe Glenview Park District’s 18.6 acre Wagner Farm is one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County and is open to the public for recreation and learning. The farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about our farming heritage and experience first hand “the way things used to be.”

In addition to the cows in the pasture, Wagner Farm has chickens, draft horses, and pigs as well as a restored farmhouse and barn and the award-winning Wagner Farm Heritage Center. The Heritage Center contains interactive exhibits where you can learn about farming from the early 20th century through the present, “shop through history” at our 1930′s Grocery Store or purchase a souvenir of your visit from our Museum Store.

If your kids think that milk comes in a carton, corn comes in a can and chicken comes in a cellophane wrapped package, it’s time for a visit to Wagner Farm.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL  60025
Breakfast served of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.  Adults $10, youth 3-10 $5.00  under 3 free.  Food by Egg harbor Café.
Try your hand at milking a cow.  Lots of crafts. Games for the kids.
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niemeyer field 2012

The above photo is Garry Niemeyer’s field in Auburn, IL on June 4, 2012 and the photo below is the same field on the same day in 2013. Though last year’s drought made growing conditions impossible for our crops, at this point in the spring we were off to a good start! Just goes to show that there is considerable variation from the beginning of the growing season to the end – and the amount of faith that farmers put in God and Mother Nature when they invest thousands of dollars into planting a crop is unfathomable to those not in agriculture.

niemeyer field 2013

There is also considerable variation from year to year. Though planting has been off to a slow start, we can take a lesson from the 2009 crop year that a late start does not always equal poor yields. In 2009, rain delayed our planting, but we still harvested a record setting crop!

Thanks to Garry Niemeyer for sharing his photos.


Video Contest GraphicLights, Camera, Action!  We are calling on all students to channel their “inner Spielberg” and create a video highlighting agriculture. All high school and college students are eligible to submit a short video (2 minutes or less) into the Shoot it Straight Video Contest.

Sponsors will be looking for a fresh, original and convincing approach that persuades the viewer of the positive impact agriculture has on the state of Illinois, the United States and the world.  All types of videos are welcome; show us your serious newscaster side or make us laugh, just remember to be positive in tone and highlight agriculture (extra points for emphasis on corn!).  Video should be in one of the following categories: ethanol and the environment, locks and dams and exports, farmer imaging, nutrients/regulations, or other.

Completed application must be received no later than 11:59 PM on August 5, 2013.  For complete rules, click here.

Don’t delay, you won’t want to miss out on winning the $2000 grand prize!

Becky FinfrockBecky Finfrock
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant


June-Dairy-Month-Bessie[2]June is Dairy Month and today at Corn Corps, we’re celebrating the only way we know how … by learning more about cheese!  Here are some fun facts to liven up your dinner conversation tonight!



  • ­Archaeological surveys show that cheese was being made from the milk of cows and goats in Mesopotamia before 6000 B.C.
  • Travelers from Asia are thought to have brought the art of cheese making to Europe, where the process was adapted and improved in European monasteries.
  • pilgrimsThe Pilgrims included cheese in their supplies onboard the Mayflower in 1620.
  • The world’s largest consumers of cheese include Greece (63 pounds per person each year), France (54 pounds), Iceland (53 pounds), Germany (48 pounds), Italy (44 pounds), the Netherlands (40 pounds), the United States (31 pounds), Australia (27 pounds), and Canada (26 pounds).
  • The United States produces more than 25 percent of the world’s supply of cheese, approximately 9 billion pounds per year.
  • The only cheeses native to the United States are American, jack, brick, and colby. All other types are modeled after cheeses brought to the country by European settlers.
  • The top five cheese producers in the United States are Wisconsin (more than 2.4 billion pounds annually), California (2.1 billion pounds), Idaho (770.6 million pounds), New York (666.8 million pounds), and Minnesota (629.3 million pounds). These states account for 72 percent of the country’s cheese production.
  • Processed American cheese was developed in 1915 by J. L. Kraft (founder of Kraft Foods) as an alternative to the traditional cheeses that had a short shelf life.
  • Pizza Hut uses about 300 million pounds of cheese per year.

Learn more fun facts about cheese, including a full history of cheese, right here!