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COMMODITY ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

Springfield, IL- The Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced winners of the
July 7th state agricultural commodity board elections. 

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

These boards oversee the check-off dollars that come from assessments levied at the first point of sale.&nbs

Illinois Crop Report

USDA Issues Weekly Report
Wet conditions continued to limit fieldwork throughout the state last week. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.97 inches, 0.18 inches above normal. The average temperature was 77.9 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 19. 

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at one percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at

STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS TOUR FARMLAND IMPACTED BY RECENT HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING

WATSEKA, IL- Director Philip Nelson, along with representatives of the U.S. Farm Service Agency, U.S. Rural Development, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, agribusinesses, and the local farming community, toured farmland in Iroquois County, which has undergone extensive damage from continual heavy rainfall.  

"Folks on the ground have indicated that approximately 40% of crops in Iroquois county are under water,"

T & L LOCKER RECALLS UNINSPECTED SMOKED PORK PRODUCTS

Product sold at retail establishment in Moultrie-Douglas counties

SPRINGFIELD, IL- T & L Locker, a Stewardson, Illinois establishment, has recalled 100 pounds of uninspected smoked pork products sold through a retail establishment in Arthur, Illinois.  Under state and federal regulations, meat products produced without the benefit of inspection are not known to be safe for human consumption and are required to be recalled.

The Illinois Department

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.

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GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT UNDERWAY IN ILLINOIS

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

GROWING ILLINOIS ANNOUNCED AS THE THEME FOR THE 2015 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

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

IDOA SCHEDULES CLEAN SWEEP COLLECTION IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS

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

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