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STATE AGRICULTURE EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A long-time supervisor at the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Galesburg Animal Disease Lab has been awarded the agency's top individual honor. 

Greg Fritz was presented the Director's Achievement Award Thursday, Dec. 11, during the department's 36th annual Employee Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.

"Greg is a great asset to the laboratory and the department," Agriculture Dire

State Seeks Public Input on Strategy to Reduce Phosphorous and Nitrogen Pollution in Mississippi River Basin

 

Draft Strategy Aims to Have Agricultural and Municipal Interests Work Together to Improve Water Quality  

 

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider today announced that the public is invited to provide comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period fo

CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act. 

The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in ten locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 18 in Bloomington and concluding March 11 in Springfield. Workshops also are scheduled Jan. 13 in Effingham, Jan. 14 in Newton, Jan. 28 in Breese, Jan.

IDOA TRADE MISSION INCREASES AG EXPORTS

Participants report nearly $90 million in sales that are projected to close in the coming year

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The 2014 Illinois Grain Tour produced $88 million in anticipated sales for Illinois agribusinesses.

The five-day "reverse trade mission" sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture brought 32 buyers from nine countries to Illinois from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 to shop for grain and grain-related agricultu

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE EXPANDS STATE EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE

Boundaries now include 61 of Illinois' 102 counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Twelve counties have been added to Illinois' emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

The new additions to the boundaries include seven counties where the tree-killing beetle was identified for the first time this year and five that are considered to be at risk of infestation.

"Those

SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP VITAL IN ANHYDROUS AMMONIA APPLICATION

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) urge fertilizer dealers and farmers to practice both safety and stewardship this fall when applying anhydrous ammonia to prevent accidents and protect water quality.

Anhydrous ammonia is a nitrogen fertilizer that is essential to crop development.  However, when not handled properly, it can cause serious injury and harm the

ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY

Web-based tool brings together buyers and sellers in an online marketplace

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether buying or selling, the Illinois Department of Agriculture can help consumers who are in the market for hay. 

Since 2007, its Market News Service has offered an internet-based Hay Directory, an interactive website for buyers and sellers of hay and straw to post ads and fill their needs.  The directory is located on the department's we

IDOA AWARDED SPECIALTY CROP GRANT MONEY

Funds will expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen state's farm economy

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been awarded more than $650,000 through the United States Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  The agency will split the funds between 15 projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the state'

IDOA MONITORING TRAPS DETECT TREE-KILLING BEETLE IN ADDITIONAL COUNTIES

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, has been confirmed in 14 new counties, including five that are located outside the current state quarantine zone intended to prevent the spread of the beetle.

"The quarantine boundaries obviously will have to be amended to include the new detections in Logan, Menard, Perry, Sangamon and Williamson

CONSUMERS ENCOURAGED TO "SHOP ILLINOIS SATURDAY" OCT. 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Main Street and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) are challenging residents to "Shop Illinois Saturday" on Oct. 4, 2014 by devoting a portion of their budget to purchasing Illinois-made products. 

Governor Quinn Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for Six Eastern Illinois Counties

Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After May Hail Storm Destroyed Strawberry Crop

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared six eastern Illinois counties as federal disaster areas following a May 21 hailstorm that destroyed the area's strawberry crop. The declaration makes farmers in these counties eligible for federal disaster assist

ILLINOIS TO HOST NORTH AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL TRADE SUMMIT

 

Tri-National Accord coming to Chicago in October; participants to include commissioners, directors, ministers and secretaries of agriculture from Canada, Mexico and the United States

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois has been selected to host the 2014 Tri-National Accord, a meeting that brings together top agriculture officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States to

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CHOOSES ITS "SUSTAINABLE FARMERS OF THE YEAR"

The winner will be honored on AgDay at the Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named a Morgan County couple its 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Farmers of the Year.  Jim and Mary Burrus (Indian Creek Farm) of rural Jacksonville will receive the award on Aug. 12 during the Agriculture Day Luncheon on the Director's Lawn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Burruses live on the farm wh

MCHENRY COUNTY FOOD COMPANY RECALLS UNINSPECTED PRODUCTS

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Jones Packing LLC, a Harvard, Ill., establishment, has recalled approximately 432 pounds of uninspected ham, hocks, and bacon.  Under state and federal regulations, meat products produced without the benefit of inspection are considered unfit for human consumption and are required to be recalled. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) discovered the potential health hazard during an investigation that is ongoing.  Meat and Poultry inspectors determined the

RESULTS OF ILLINOIS COMMODITY BOARD ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced winners of the July 8 state commodity board elections.   

The elections filled positions on three boards:  the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Association Program Operating Board and the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.

"Congratulations to those who were elected," Agriculture Director Bob Flid

ILLINOIS UNVEILS HOMEGROWN BY HEROES ILLINOIS PRODUCTS LOGO™

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A sharp, full-color logo has been designed to help Illinois veterans market agricultural products.  The Homegrown By Heroes Illinois Products logo was unveiled Tuesday at the Illinois Farm Bureau, where more than 30 organizations met to launch the initiative. Homegrown By Heroes is a national branding program and will allow Illinois farmers, ranchers and fishermen who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on their agricul

ILLINOIS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF HOMEGROWN BY HEROES™

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois veterans soon will have the opportunity to leverage a national branding campaign to help market their farm products. The Homegrown By Heroes initiative, a product labeling program, will allow Illinois farmers, ranchers and fishermen who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on their agricultural products. Farmer training and education also are large components of the initiative, whic

EMERALD ASH BORER DISCOVERED IN TWO ADDITIONAL ILLINOIS COUNTIES

Detections bring the number of counties with known infestations to 36

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The emerald ash borer, a destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties.    

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties.  In Peoria County, arborists discovered

AG MEAT AND POULTRY INSPECTORS DISCOVER UNSANITARY CONDITIONS IN ILLINOIS FOOD PLANT; FINDINGS RESULT IN REVOCATION OF THE COMPANY’S LICENSE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- A Greene County food processing plant cited for repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has had its license revoked. 

Parks Locker Service of Greenfield, Ill., was ordered to close following a July 16 administrative hearing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield.

The administrative law judge presiding in the case issued the revocation order after listening to

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