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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

PEORIA COMPANY RECALLS UNINSPECTED FOOD PRODUCT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Raber's Packing Company of Peoria is recalling 21 pounds of its beef jerky because the product was uninspected.  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 product subject to the recall was sold in 25 oz. bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Original Beef Jerky."  The

CANDIDATES FOR ILLINOIS COMMODITY BOARD ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced the candidates for three state commodity boards. 

Producers will vote July 8 to determine members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.

Anyone who produces and markets the commodity that each board represents is eligible to vote.  Ballots may be cas

ILLINOIS HOUSEHOLDS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THE “BUY ILLINOIS PLEDGE”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is challenging residents to devote a small portion of their food budget to Illinois-made products. 

If every Illinois household dedicated just $10 of its existing, weekly grocery budget towards the purchase of Illinois food products, the department concludes more than $2.4 billion a year would be re-invested in the Illinois economy, helping to revitalize both rural and urban communities. 

COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR GROWERS AND HANDLERS OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Growers and handlers of organic agricultural products now can recover part of the cost of their USDA certification. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been notified it will receive $271,800 to reimburse producers and handlers who either obtain or renew their certification in the federal fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2014. The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750. "These funds will help growers who want to en

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SCHEDULES GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS

Applications to be made in Boone, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture intends to treat about 38,000 acres at nine sites in northern Illinois next week for the destructive gypsy moth.   

Infested sites will receive an application of pheromone, a sexual attractant that disrupts the mating of the moth.  The pheromone w

ILLINOISANS TO COMPETE IN INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK COMPETITION

The Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team, which honed its skills at the Illinois State Fair, advances to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The crowd erupted in cheers seconds after the Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team was announced as the 2014 champions of the National 4-H Livestock Judging Competition in Louisville, Ky.  The five team members embraced each other. After training all fall, they had competed against and bested

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

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers.  The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them. Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products. "This program offers farmers a convenient opportunity to dispose

MULTI-PLATINUM R&B ARTIST ROBIN THICKE TO PERFORM AT 2014 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Award-winning singer and songwriter Robin Thicke is coming to the 2014 Illinois State Fair. The R&B superstar, best known for his songs "Love After War" and "Blurred Lines," will perform at the Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 17.

"I am thrilled to add Robin Thicke to the already amazing music acts that will be performing at the 2014 Illinois State Fair," State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick said. "I believe fairgoers will be excited to welcome Thicke to Springfi

ILLINOIS PORK TOUR BEGINS TODAY

The IDOA-led trade mission is designed to increase foreign sales for state's export-dependent agriculture industry

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting 30 international buyers from Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines this week in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois pork industry.  Over the last two years the tour has generated $2 million in sales. Participants began the tour by meeting with representatives fr

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