Ag leader, county native returns for talk Aug. 15

July 28, 2018

DeKALB – One of DeKalb County’s greatest agriculture exports will come home in mid-August to speak about the importance of ag in her former backyard.

Sarah Carlson, a 1990 graduate of Indian Creek High School, will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 Prairie Drive in Sycamore. The event will start with a viewing of the documentary, “Symphony of the Soil.”

Carlson, strategic initiatives director with Practical Farmers of Iowa, was one of four people honored March 6 with an Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader award.

The film screening will include refreshments and is free to the public.

Carlson, who lives with her husband and four children in Des Moines, Iowa, remarked about how little cover crops are used by local farmers.

“It’s funny, though,” she said. “If you drive around DeKalb County, you’ll still think it’s not a thing.”

For information, call Dan Kenny, DeKalb County Community Gardens executive director, at 815-793-0950,

or the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District at 815-756-3234, ext. 9488.

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