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North Clay Packing Co. Recalls Bratwurst Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

SPRINGFIELD- North Clay Packing Co., an Illinois licensed establishment located in Louisville, IL, is recalling approximately 500 pounds of Bratwurst due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection announced the recall today because the product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The product subject to the recall was sold as white five pound boxes with plastic l

Protect Illinois Poultry: Avian Influenza

AVIAN INFLUENZA
The Avian Influenza virus has not been detected in Illinois flocks; however, it has been identified in neighboring states.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture would like for owners of poultry operations to take preventative measures, and be aware of the warning signs in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the event Avian Influenza enters into our state.

WHO’S AT RISK:
Chickens  &nb

Bureau of Meat & Poultry Inspection Survey - 2015

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is committed to delivering exceptional customer service to the people of Illinois. In an effort to improve our quality of service, please take a few minutes to share your experience with the Agency and its

Biosecurity Measures

Biosecurity Warning Sign

BIOSECURITY practices are simple steps you can take to keep diseases out of your farm, and out of our food supply.  Your farm should be a safe zone.  Here’s what you need to know to provide an extra measure of protection for your animals:

 

Collage of 3 set of farm animals, pigs, cows, horses

 

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers.  The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them.    

Beginning at the end of July and continuing in August, sites throughout the state will collect containers.  The containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.&

New To 2015 Illinois State Fair: Country Concert Blowout Package

Hank Williams, Jr. Rounds Out 2015 Country Line-Up

SPRINGFIELD - Officials with the Illinois State Fair have put together a money saving deal for country music fans.  This year the "Country Concert Blowout" package gives fans the opportunity to attend three of the hottest shows of the summer for a reduced price.  The Country Concert Blowout includes a general track ticket and state fair admission for 3 great nights of concerts.

The co

Douglas County Food Company Recalls Meat Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens

SPRINGFIELD- Dutch Valley Meats, an Illinois licensed establishment located in Arthur, is recalling approximately 2,400 pounds of "ham loaf" due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.  Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection announced the recall today because the product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The product subject to the recall was sold as a two pound oven ready loaf

Canine Influenza: What You Need to Know

Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is a respiratory disease in dogs. It is contagious, but it is not transmitted to humans.  Treating a dog with the flu is very similar to treating a human who has the flu.

Dog flu is spread to other dogs by direct contact with secretions from an infected dog.  That could be dog to dog contact, from a toy that a sick dog played with, clothes, or other surfaces an infected dog touched.  Much like the spread of the human flu, those surfaces s

Save The Date
2015 Illinois Products Farmers' Market

OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED TO EXPLAIN 2015 GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT PROGRAM

Presentations to cover treatments in DuPage and Kane counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold four open houses to explain its plans this year to treat parts of northern Illinois for the destructive gypsy moth.

Presentations are scheduled March 31 in Aurora, April 2 in Warrenville, April 7 in Willowbrook, and April 9 in Campton Hills.   

The Aurora open house will cover plans to treat a 1,623 acre sit

ILLINOIS TO RECEIVE FEDERAL SPECIALTY CROP GRANT MONEY

Applications for the funds are due May 1

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants.  The agency has been notified Illinois will receive more than $600,000 and instructed to begin the proposal selection process.

"For many Illinoisans, specialty crops not only provide vital nutrition, but also are a primary source of income," Director Philip Nelson said.&n

BRANTLEY GILBERT, RASCAL FLATTS, SAMMY HAGAR AMONG TOP PERFORMERS AT 2015 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

SPRINGFIELD - The grandstand lineup at the 2015 Illinois State Fair is beginning to take shape. Illinois State Fair management is pleased to announce Sammy Hagar and The Circle will take the stage opening night, August 14. 

Hagar has been rocking the music industry for nearly 40 years.  In addition to a successful solo career, Hagar is well known as the former lead signer of Van Halen and Montr

Plots Still Available for 2015 Community Garden

Illinois residents who are looking to take part in the 7thannual community garden at the Illinois state fairgrounds are invited to attend a meeting on March 19th at 5:30pm in the auditorium at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, located inside gate 11.  Here gardeners will learn about the garden requirements, the Plant-A-Row program, and will be introduced to the University of Illinois Master Gardeners who will be available througho

ILLINOIS PRODUCTS EXPO OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Doors open Saturday, March 7th

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- More than 70 Illinois food companies, wineries, and agriculture associations that will take part this weekend in the 17th annual Illinois Products Expo.  From ice cream and cheese for kids, to beer and wine for adults, attendees will be able to sample all of what Illinois has to offer at the Expo.

 "This weekend's Illinois Products Expo will showcase the state's number one

2015 ILLINOIS BEEF EXPO KICKS OFF ON THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- The 2015 Illinois Beef Expo begins today on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, leading off with the annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale and a trade show featuring 75 indoor and outdoor vendors. This year the expo has increased youth activities, including a judging contest, quiz bowl, and a fitting contest.

"As a cow-calf operator, attending Beef Expo has become a tradition," said Acting Director Philip Nelson. "It's an opportunity for the

JOB SHADOWING PROGRAM

 

Jeff Tubacki, a Products & Standards Inspector with the Bureau of Weights & Measures assisted the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences by mentoring students in their job shadowing program. The program is coordinated by Sheila Fowler, Agriculture Department Chair for the school. The intent of job shadowing is to expose students to career choices. While visiting with professionals for a day, students can observe a variety of workplace procedures and gain insight about futu

FOUR HONORED WITH THE 2015 FRIEND OF ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIR AWARD

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) presented their coveted "Friend of Illinois County Fair" award to Ray and Janice Swyear of Swyear Amusements of New Athens; Robert "Bob" Scherer of Boone County Fair; Jerry Jacobs of Carroll County Fair. 

Each year the IAAF recognizes individuals who are outstanding Illinois county fair supporters, volunteer workers, or innovators in the industry that are respected by

SADIE GASSMANN WAS CROWNED 2015 MISS ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIR

Richland County Fair Queen crowned Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.

Springfield, IL - Sadie Gassmann, Miss Richland County Fair, was crowned by retiring Queen Summer Robins.    Gassmann is majoring in Elementary Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She is the daughter of Gwen Gassmann and the late Chris Gassmann of Olney. 

Brianna Klein was the First Runner-up.  She is the Miss Morgan Count

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