You’re a Real Peach: The Ripe Fruit Stars in These Fruity Recipes

August is National Peach Month. Celebrate with some vine-ripened facts, baking tips and our favorite peach recipes including Peach-Blackberry Short Cakes, Iced Summer Peaches, Peach Parfait and Bourbon-Peach BBQ Pork Chops

Turkey Hash

Cast Iron Recipes

Whether on the stove top, in the oven or over a fire, cooking with cast iron is a farm house tradition with a delicious list of recipes. Classic Fried Catfish, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Broccoli Cheese Cornbread and Harvest Pork Chops are just some of these great dishes.

Illinois Ag in the Classroom Bike Ride

Agriculture in the Classroom Bike Ride teaches students about agriculture and its importance, as well as bicycle safety.

Baker’s Memorial Fun Fly

Watch the weekend fly by at Baker’s Memorial Fun Fly, during which the Freeport Radio Control Modelers Club pilot radio-controlled model airplanes all day.

Bootiful Nauvoo

With hundreds of pumpkins lining the streets, a goblin parade and a haunted house, Nauvoo certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween with its spooky annual festival, Bootiful Nauvoo.

Pike County Fall Color Drive

Barry, Griggsville, Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield each offer a unique roster of events, activities, craft vendors and food specialties for those passing through on the annual Pike County Fall Color Drive.

Long Grove’s World Tour

Travel around the world without leaving Long Grove at the town’s World Tour, an international festival held over Labor Day weekend.

Murphysboro Apple Festival in Illinois

Murphysboro Apple Festival

This five-day Murphysboro Apple Festival features contests for eating apple pies and throwing apple cores, along with a parade, car show and much more.

Kankakee County Barn Quilt Tour

Learn about the history behind Kankakee’s quilt-block-adorned barns during the annual Barn Quilt Guided Tour in October.

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest

Once a considerable chore, splitting logs into rails is now celebrated as a fierce competition at the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest in Lincoln.

Recipes for Success

Delicious Desserts

Looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth? This variety of dessert recipes is sure to sweeten up your kitchen. These recipes include Sour Cream Pound Cake, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, several varieties of chocolate chip cookies and Turtle Brownies. And for more recipes, you’ll find links to our larger sweet collections.

The Fabyan Dutch Windmill in Geneva Il

Batavia, Illinois: Gone With the Wind

Located near Batavia, the Fabyan Dutch Windmill has been praised as the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States.

Fair Fare at Home

Fair Fare: Recipes Inspired by the State Fair

There are few things more delicious — and more deep fried — than food at state fairs. Here are some of our favorite fair-inspired recipes.

Animal science

20 Ag Careers That May Surprise You

Not everyone involved in agriculture works on a farm. In fact, biochemists, biophysicists, veterinarians and environmental engineers are in high demand.

Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora, Illinois

Where the Red Oaks Grow: Devil’s Cave and Red Oak Nature Center

Uncover the secrets of Devil’s Cave at Red Oak Nature Center, a 40-acre natural paradise on the east bank of the Fox River near Aurora, Illinois.

Get an Education in Local Food at Illinois Community Colleges

Six community colleges across Illinois offer courses and training programs to prepare students for careers working in the local food sector.

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta, IL

Storing History at Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta

Located just a block off historic Route 66, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum teaches visitors about agriculture, transportation and commerce at the turn of the 20th century with exhibits such as the farm-to-table journey of corn flakes.

Pumpkins grow in a pumpkin patch

Farm Facts: Pumpkins

More than 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the the United States each year, and more than 495 million of those pounds are grown in Illinois. These are more facts about pumpkins.

The Hollywood Casino located in the middle of the Fox river in Aurora Il.

Travel Illinois: Aurora

Aurora may lie in the shadow of big brother Chicago, but Illinois’ second-largest city offers endless opportunities for dining, shopping, socializing, museum hopping, gaming, nightlife, and soaking up local history and agriculture.

Pumpkin patches in Illinois

Picking Pumpkins: Discover Illinois Pumpkin Patches and Festivals

Spend time with friends and family this fall at one of Illinois’ many pumpkin patches and fall festivals.

Inflation Investigation

Our financial expert analyzes inflation, the biggest financial risk you’ll ever face.

Protecting Your Perennials

Caring for your perennials in the cool weather months is key in ensuring healthy buds in the spring. Tips on whether or not to cut back your perennials.

Roundhouse Restaurant

Roundhouse Restaurant Scores With Good Food, Local Beers

While in Aurora, Illinois, enjoy lunch or dinner at America’s Historic Roundhouse, a 70,000-square-foot entertainment complex with a restaurant, microbrewery, 14 bars and a comedy club.

Michael Zecher's photographs

Illinois Photographer Michael Zecher Pictures Farms in the Best Light

Agriculture inspired Mercer County farmer and photographer Michael Zecher to go into professional photography – and it also cultivated his career.

Wiener Roasts Evolve but Remain Fall Favorite

My family likes to dine out – in the outside sense of the word.

Gardening definitions

Garden Speak: Understanding Botanary

Have you ever been around a group of gardeners who seem to be talking in a foreign language? Here are some of the more common terms, starting with botanary, which is short for botanical dictionary.

How Farmers are Feeding the World

Facts about the struggles farmers face trying to feed the world’s growing population.

‘My American Farm’ Website Teaches Agriculture Through Games

My American Farm is a website developed by the American Farm Bureau that aims to engage kids in agriculture, through fun activities and educational experiences.

Fall leaves - lawn care

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Proper lawn care in early fall means a healthier lawn in the spring. Tips for taking care of your lawn before the winter months.

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago High School Focuses on Agriculture Education

One Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences student said she originally stereotyped the school as a place that taught kids how to farm. She left understanding the myriad opportunities in the agriculture industry.


Wheaton’s All-Night Flea Market

You won’t want to miss the annual All-Night Flea Market in Wheaton, Illinois on August 20.

Breakfast for Supper

Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Our breakfast for dinner recipes include breakfast pizza, oven-roasted tomatoes and maple brown sugar bacon.