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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

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

ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS' MARKET RETURNS

MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

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. 

IDOA LAUNCHES PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING FARM SAFETY

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

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

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

ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS’ MARKET RETURNS, MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

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 during the Illinois State Fair.

“There are more than 3,200 farms in Illinois

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

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