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DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Records


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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Records, 1997-2014

ID: RHC/RC/283

Extent: 1.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation records are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 01/02/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Agriculture, DeKalb County (Ill), DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, Land use, Soil conservation, Urban development

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation records date from 1997 to 2014.  The records include meeting minutes, agendas, newsletters, mission statements, by-laws, tax forms, and other basic components that make up the infrastructure of a not-for-profit organization.  Included are correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service, other conservation organizations, and DeKalb County officials and representatives.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation (DCFF) was formed in 1998 by thirteen DeKalb County residents after a DeKalb County governmental and interested groups conference called “Vision 2000" inspired them to counter encroaching urbanization in their county.  The increasing housing and corporation developments in towns all over the DeKalb region threatened to replace the farmland and alter the rural atmosphere that members of the DCFF wished to maintain.  These thirteen DeKalb residents sought to initiate a grassroots campaign of “voluntary conservation easement” for DeKalb County farmers, looking for ways to restrict farmland use for solely agricultural or open space purposes.

The majority of the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation’s time and efforts in its first few years were geared towards gaining the tax-exempt status of a not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code of Section 501 C (3).  The DCFF also formed collaboration efforts with the DeKalb County Planning/Zoning/Building Department during the update of the County Comprehensive Plan in 1998, attending and participating in the public hearings.  The DCFF also became closely aligned with the efforts of the nationally-based Land Trust Alliance and the Fox Watershed Land Alliance.  The DCFF even modeled their by-laws, applications, appeals, and arguments with the Internal Revenue Service after that of the Land Trust Alliance.  The farmland organization also took part in discussions between local farmers and the Land Trust Alliance to have farmland restricted from urban development, participating in the first conservation easement effort in the DeKalb area. The organization reached out to the public utilizing brochures, newsletters, fundraisers, a website, and community events.  The organization still maintains nonprofit, tax-exempt status and is still an active advocate of conservation easement in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

DeKalb County (Ill)
DeKalb County Farmland Foundation
Land use
Soil conservation
Urban development

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Alan Voelker

Acquisition Method: Alan Voelker, a member of the board of directors in the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation donated their organization’s records to the Regional History Center on January 2, 2007. Additional records were donated at later dates.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

Box 1
Folder 1: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1997
Folder 2: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1998
Folder 3: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1999
Folder 4: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, January-September 2000
Folder 5: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, September-December 2000
Folder 6: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2001
Folder 7: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2002
Folder 8: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2003
Box 2
Folder 1: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2004
Folder 2: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2005
Folder 3: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2006
Folder 4: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Data Bases, IRS forms, 1999-2000
Folder 5: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation tax-exempt status
Folder 6: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation annual tax reports
Addendum 1
Box 2
Folder 7: Members, Past Members, and donors, 2011
Folder 8: Annual Meeting Agendas, 2000, 2007-2011
Folder 9: Board of Directors- Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2007
Folder 10: Board of Directors- Meeting Agendas and Minutes (incomplete), 2008
Folder 11: Board of Directors- Meeting Agendas and Minutes (incomplete), 2009
Folder 12: Board of Directors- Meeting Agendas and Minutes (incomplete), 2010
Folder 13: Board of Directors- Meeting Agendas and Minutes, January-March, 2011
Folder 14: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Newsletters, September 2002; April, August, September 2003; Winter 2005; Fall/Winter 200
Folder 15: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Correspondence , including letters to land owners and county board members, July 1999-March 2011
Addendum 2
Box 3
Folder 1: By-Laws and Ordinances, 1998
Folder 2: DeKalb County Community Foundation Guidelines, 2006
Folder 3: Farmland Foundation Report of Intent for DeKalb County Board
Folder 4: Policy and Planning for Land and Easement Acquisition, 1980-2006
Folder 5: Department of Treasury Tax Documents, 2000-2009
Folder 6: Financial Records, 2006-2011
Folder 7: Members, 2006-2011
Folder 8: Board of Directors Administrative Meeting Minutes, 2006-2014
Folder 9: The Center for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC) Conference, 2008
Folder 10: Midwest Land Conservation Conference, March 2008
Folder 11: Openlands Conference, 2008
Folder 12: “Farmland: Resource or Commodity,” Presentation by Kevin Rund, August 2009
Folder 13: DCFF Newsletters, Fall 2004- Spring 2011
Folder 14: Gem of the Prairie Newsletters, Summer 2003- Fall 2006
Folder 15: Kane County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Records, May 2001
Folder 16: Boone County Government Agriculture Records, 2002-2007
Folder 17: A National view of Agriculture Easement Programs Report 4, 2002-2006
Folder 18: The Simonson Scholarship for Land-Use Planning Studies, April 2003
Folder 19: The Land Trust Alliance, 2003-2008
Folder 20: “Assessing Your Organization,” Land Trust Standards, Rev. 2004
Folder 21: Kendall County Farmland Protection Records, 2005
Folder 22: Strategic Conservation Planning by Land Trusts Report, 2006-2009
Folder 23: Alliance for Land, Agriculture, and Water, November 2006
Folder 24: Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act, 2007
Folder 25: Prairie Parkway Draft Environmental Impact Statement, 2007
Folder 26: Chicago Region Land Conservation Coalition Collaboration Process, March-April 2007
Folder 27: Agricultural Conservation Easement, Melvin D. Sears, October 2007
Box 4
Folder 1: Spence Farm Foundation, Fairbury, Illinois, 2008
Folder 2: Agricultural Preservation Strategy Paper, July 2008
Folder 3: American Farmland Trust, 2009
Folder 4: Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), July 2005
Folder 5: The Conservation Foundation Annual Board Assessment, 2013
Folder 6: Articles, 1998-2014
Folder 7: Correspondence, 2003-2014
Folder 8: Ney Grange and DCFF at Corn Fest Photographs

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