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Ag Department And University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Team Up For 2015 Illinois State Fair

Veterinary students will partner with the Office of the State Veterinarian for hands-on opportunities

SPRINGFIELD, IL—Students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine will work alongside veterinarians from the college and from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) to provide veterinary care for all animals on the grounds during the 2015 Illinois State Fair.

"This is a great opportunity for the Depart

Candidates For Three Illinois Commodity Boards Announced

Producers encouraged to vote in election on July 7

SPRINGFIELD, IL-- The Illinois Department of Agriculture today released names of the candidates slated for three commodity board elections, which are scheduled for July 7.  Producers are encouraged to vote to determine members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, and the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.

Voting is eligible to anyone who produces and marke

Busy Weekend Planned At DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

Street Machine Nationals, Grandstand Box Office Opens

DuQuoin, IL - The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds expects over 25,000 attendees to visit DuQuoin for a jam packed weekend, as the Grandstand ticket office opens to the public and the General Tire Street Machine Nationals cruise onto the fairgrounds. 

"What an exciting opportunity, that someone can come to the fairgrounds and enjoy a day of family fun entertainment, while also purchasing their

Fall Out Boy Rounds Out 2015 Illinois State Fair Grandstand

Springfield, IL. - They've sold millions of records, they've been nominated for prestigious awards, their songs have topped the music charts, and they got their start right here in the Land of Lincoln.  Now, Fall Out Boy will return to Illinois to take the Grandstand stage at the 2015 Illinois State Fair.

The pop-punk band will perform on Saturday, August 15th.  Best known for songs such as, "Sugar, We're Goin Dow

74th Annual Midwest Charity Horse Show Opens on Tuesday with Grand Procession

Opening Ceremonies Feature Horses from Lincoln Funeral Procession

Springfield, IL - Director Philip Nelson and State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen will join Midwest Charity Horse Show organizers, board members, Camp COCO attendees, and local dignitaries to cut the ribbon for the 74th annual Midwest Charity Horse Show, which runs June 16-20 on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

This year, opening ceremonies will feature a replica 1833 Concord Coach (a

Illinois Pork Tour Begins Today

IDOA Trade Mission Designed to Increase Foreign Sales for State\'s Export-Dependent Agriculture Industry

Springfield, IL--The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting 33 international buyers from China, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Thailand and Vietnam, June 1-3, in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois pork industry.  Over the last 19 years the tour has generated over $10 million in sales.

The tour kicks-off with partici

Funding Available for Organic Farmers and Handlers Through National Cost-Share Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Growers and handlers of organic agricultural products can now recover part of the cost of their USDA certification.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has been notified it will receive $202,800 to reimburse producers and handlers who either obtain or renew their certification in the federal fiscal year that ends September 30, 2015. The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750.



Applications scheduled in two northern Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture wants to inform residents about its 2015 Gypsy Moth treatment program.

Weather permitting, BTK, a safe and environmentally-friendly insecticide, will be aerially applied to parts of two northern Illinois counties. 

This year the Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to treat the following areas:
- 1,623 acres in the Kane


State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen is pleased to announce the theme for the 2015 Illinois State Fair: "Growing Illinois".  "Growing Illinois" is an all-encompassing theme that goes well beyond the rows in a cornfield.  It speaks to the hard working men and women in Illinois who help feed and clothe this great nation, ultimately growing the State's economy.

"Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois, and we need to continue to grow the i

Director Philip Nelson Announces New State Fair Manager

Illinois Native Returns Home to Manage Springfield and DuQuoin Fairs

SPRINGFIELD, IL-Director Philip Nelson announced today the hiring of Patrick Buchen as the next state fair manager.  Buchen, 63, was born and raised on a farm in Fulton County, Illinois.  His family has long standing ties with the Illinois State Fair, including logging countless hours in the livestock barns, and as a member of 4-H where he worked with sheep, hogs, and cattle.  The


Program Will Safely Dispose of Unwanted Agricultural Pesticides

SPRINGFIELD, IL. - Residents of seven central Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture's (IDOA) agricultural pesticide "Clean Sweep" program. 

A "Clean S

Meat Loaf Announces Cancellation of 2015 Illinois State Fair Appearance

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Meat Loaf, who was slated to perform on Wednesday, August 19, with Styx and Tesla, has cancelled his upcoming appearance at the Illinois State Fair. 

The Illinois State Fair will name a replacement act(s) for the Meat Loaf/Styx/Tesla concert in the near future.

Tickets for this show were scheduled to go on sale through Ticketmaster on Saturday, May 2; however, some Fan Club pre-sale tickets were sold via Ticketmast



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Back by popular demand, the Illinois Products Farmers' Market is set to return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for an eighth season on Thursday, May 7th.  This year the market moves to its new location at the Shed, across from the Lincoln stage.   The market will be held every Thursday from 4pm - 7pm, with the exception of the two Thursday's

State of Illinois Continues to Monitor Avian Influenza Impacting Surrounding States

Illinois Companies, Farmers, and Zoos Practicing Highest Biosecurity Measures

SPRINGFIELD, IL -The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) continues to work closely with poultry producers, captive bird owners and zoos across the State to reduce the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which is impacting several states across the nation, including the Midwest. 


PSA campaign will remind Illinoisans about risks both on and off the farm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the growing season gets into full swing, Philip Nelson, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), reminds not just farmers, but all of Illinois, about farm safety.  IDOA has launched a series of public service announcements that will air on radio stations throughout the state.  The goal is to educate the public about the potential dange

Five Great Performances Added to 2015 Grandstand Lineup

The Fray, Meat Loaf to headline shows at Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill. - Rock/Pop group The Fray will make a stop in Springfield this August to perform their chart-topping hits at the 2015 Illinois State Fair.  The Denver-based foursome struck a chord with audiences, selling over four million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.  Their hit songs include, "You Found Me,"  "How to Save a Life," and "Over My Head (Cable