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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

Illinois FFA Room Dedicated at Illinois Department of Agriculture Building

 

Pictured left to right: Monty Elvidge, vo-ag teacher Taylorville High School; Sarah Moore, students teacher at Taylorville; Ben Curtin, Mary Kate Curtin, Director Flider, Emily Durbin, Travis Winans, Taylorville FFA; Caseelynn Johnston, AC Central FFA, Regina Burris, IDOA; and Jim Craft, Illinois FFA.

 

IDOA BUREAU CHIEF OF MEAT AND POULTRY INSPECTION APPOINTED TO USDA FOOD SAFETY PANEL

Dr. Kris Mazurczak to serve two-year term on National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Established in 1971, the 19-member NACMPI meets on food safety c

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

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