Farmers offer newborns gift baskets

Local farmers welcomed the newest bundles of joy to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Valley West Community Hospital during National Agriculture Week, March 17-23. All new babies born during the week received gift baskets filled with an assortment of ag-related products compliments of local farmers, ag groups and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau partnered with the hospital to commemorate National Agriculture Week and create an awareness of agriculture’s significance in our everyday lives.

“It all begins at birth. Babies are introduced to agriculture by the products they eat, wear and use,” said Mariam Wassmann, director of information for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, “and it’s our hope that in their adult life they develop an understanding of the origins of their food and fiber.”

To emphasize this, the baskets given to new babies and their parents during Ag Week were filled with products which originate on the farm. The products in the basket include: baby wipes (aloe vera), a bib (cotton), corn and soy snacks (corn and soybeans), farm books and ag magazine (corn starch, wood pulp), “onesie” (cotton), meat gift certificates (beef & pork), rice cereal (rice), lotion (glycerin), ice cream gift card (dairy), wool wax creme (lanolin) and a teddy bear (soybeans).

“National Agriculture Week is a time to call attention to how agriculture impacts our lives and also recognize its role in our local communities,” Wassmann said. Production agriculture contributes more than $900 million to the local economy and additionally provides jobs and generates tax dollars.

Sponsors of the Ag Week Baby Baskets included DeKalb Area Pork Producers, DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers, DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers, DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen’s Association, Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

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