On October 18,19 and 20, students from throughout McHenry County will join Sen. Althoff for a hands-on experience at Golden Oaks Farm located in Lake County. 

Three hundred and thirty fifth grade students along with teachers, administrators and parents will experience Illinois farming, milk production, animal care and composting through a visit sponsored by Sen. Althoff and What we Make by the Lake, a group compiled of Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2012 participants.

Former Dallas Cowboy great D.D. Lewis will kick off the week by coaching students on crop nutrients, and their role in foods.  Lewis’, who will also sign autographs, visit is sponsored by Potash Corp. 

The field trip to the farm is the only fifth grade field trip this year for Cary Elementary students due to continuing budget restraints.

Golden Oaks Farm, LLC was established in 1948 by the Crown Family of Chicago.  Each year the farm hosts milk enthusiasts as well as several hundred local students who are eager to learn about the dairy industry and the farm’s herd of roughly 700 milking females. 

The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program is the premier leadership program in Illinois and has provided for and strengthened agricultural leadership since its founding in 1981. Candidates, ages 25 to 49, are selected based on demonstrated leadership activities and potential, commitment to learning, and accountability to the Illinois and United States agricultural industry.


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