News and Information:
GROUP SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 ILLINOISANS OF THE DAY
Nomination forms can be requested by calling the Museum Foundation at (217) 415-4408. They can also be printed from the museum's website at www.statefairmuseum.org. The postmark deadline for nominations is June 15.
PROJECT GET FIT! COMING TO THE ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS' MARKET
Program encourages children to lead healthy lifestyles
The Springfield YMCA has developed incentive guidelines for the awarding of "Healthy Bucks," which can be redeemed through the end of the 2013 market season. For more information, visit the Y's website at http://www.springfieldymca.org/.
CHICAGO TRADE SHOW REPRESENTS WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ILLINOIS FOOD COMPANIES
National Restaurant Association Show to bring food buyers from more than 100 countries to McCormick Place
A record 22 Illinois companies will exhibit their products this year in the department's expanded pavilion at the National Restaurant Association Show, which will be held Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO BEGIN GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS
Applications scheduled in Kendall and Kane counties
Weather permitting, BTK, a safe and environmentally-friendly insecticide, will be aerially-applied to sites in Kendall and Kane counties beginning Thursday, May 16. Treatment Area Maps
ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS' MARKET OPENS FOR SIXTH SEASON ON THE STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Greens, onions, peas, rhubarb, baked goods, pasta, wine and craft beer are just a few of the items that will be available this week when the Illinois Products Farmers' Market opens for its sixth season on the State Fairgrounds.
GRANDSTAND CONCERT TICKETS TO GO ON SALE SATURDAY
Tickets for the Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts go on sale this Saturday, April 27, through Ticketmaster.
AG INDUSTRY OFFERS NEW HEAD START TRAINING PROGRAM
The Head Start Program
offers students a training curriculum that prepares them for work at agricultural
GOVERNOR QUINN'S TRADE MISSION TO MEXICO SEEKS INCREASE ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS
Mexico is Illinois' Third Largest Agricultural Customer
Governor Pat Quinn
is promoting Illinois agricultural exports during his April 3 - 6 trade mission
to Mexico, seeking to convince the state's third largest agricultural customer
to increase its purchases.
IDOA AND AG INDUSTRY PARTNER TO PROVIDE WEB-BASED ANHYDROUS AMMONIA SAFETY TRAINING
The department and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) jointly provide training programs for employees of retail anhydrous ammonia facilities, who are required to be trained every three years. But to address the critical need to improve ammonia safety when farmers are handling the product, the department, IFCA, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) collaborated to develop a detailed web- based training program for farmers.
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
The Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for qualified individuals who are interested in summer employment. Please download a copy of the summer application form. Completed form should be sent to Human Resource Office, IL Dept. of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281
PUBLIC PENSION SQUEEZE|
We want to help you understand the most urgent issue facing our great state. It is the public pension squeeze, and it impacts the future of our workers, taxpayers and our children. We strongly urge you to check out "This is My Illinois: Thanks in Advance" at www.ThisIsMyIllinois.com.
Included are the 2012 corn aflatoxin, 2012 wheat vomitoxin, 2012 corn fumonisin, 2012 corn vomitoxin, 2011 corn aflatoxin, 2011 corn fumonisin, 2011 corn vomitoxin, 2011 wheat vomitoxin, 2010 corn aflatoxin, 2010 corn fumonisin, and 2010 corn vomitoxin maps. Also included is the letter sent to all feed mills in Illinois.
Pension and Medicaid Reform
Support is growing in the agricultural community for pension and Medicaid reform. Click here to see the organizations that have endorsed Governor Quinn's plans to rescue these two programs, stabilize the state budget and strengthen economic growth. To learn more about these plans and what you can do to join the reform effort, go to SaveOurState.illinois.gov.
PROMOTE YOUR AGRIBUSINESS COMPANY
In an ongoing effort to promote the Illinois food and agribusiness industry within the global marketplace, The Illinois Department of Agriculture (DOA)'s Bureau of Marketing has launched various promotional services through several regional and national expositions, promotions, seminars, and industry tours. In addition, the DOA maintains foreign offices in Hong Kong and Mexico to assist Illinois companies overseas. Illinois is also a member of the twelve-state Food Export Association-Midwest. By utilizing this private, non-profit association, DOA is positioned to increase international exports in addition to the state-sponsored Food Export activities. For interested agribusiness owners, the full list of details may be found at www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/
|CENTENNIAL FARM AND SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAMS|
These programs honor generations of farmers who have worked to maintain family farms in Illinois. Search though our database to see farms in Illinois or download a form to get your family farm registered.
NEW ANHYDROUS AMMONIA SAFETY VIDEO AVAILABLE
Because of the potentially hazardous nature of anhydrous ammonia, the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) have produced a 12-minute video outlining the proper safety procedures that famers should take each and every time they handle the product. watch the Video
SOYBEAN RUST INFORMATION|
Agriculture Department stresses education in preparation for possible rust outbreak
|HAY AND STRAW DIRECTORY|
The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Hay & Straw Directory is provided as a service to hay producers and buyers. This new interactive system will allow sellers to update their own listings in our continuing effort to include all Illinois hay producers who direct market their hay.
NURSERY PROGRAM NOW ON-LINE
The nursery program inspection staff of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Environmental Programs inspects and certifies nearly 1,200 nurseries in Illinois each year.
NEW FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS GUIDE|
As a leading resource and advocate for agriculture within the state of Illinois, we have developed a new website to enhance and promote businesses which produce, process, package or are headquartered in Illinois.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STARTS WORK ON ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
First step is to identify every premises that handles livestock and poultry
In an ongoing effort to ensure safety in the food supply, the state Department of Agriculture has begun the difficult, but important task of identifying every farm, feedlot, sales barn and slaughter facility in Illinois that handles food animals.
IMDA TT Motorcycle Races, May 24 - 25, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Multi-purpose Arena
Time: 2:30 pm - 10:30 pm
c/o Tommra Kiesow (217)753-8866
Indian Hill Motocross, May 25 - 26, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Grounds
IMDA Springfield Mile Motorcycle Race, Sun, May 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Grandstand
Admission: $30 advance
$35 week of the race
c/o Tommra Kiesow (217)753-8866
IL/Arab, Inc. Arabian Horse Show, May 29 - Jun 2, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Coliseum
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
c/o Russell Derango (217)337-3560
John Laurenzana Bankruptcy Contract Plus Auction, Sat, Jun 1, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Foodarama
c/o John Laurenzana II
Midwest Regional Cat Show, Jun 1 - 2, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building
Admission: Adults - $5
Children (4-14) - $4
Seniors - $4
Sat: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm c/o Janet Miller (217)415-2451
Flea Market, Sun, Jun 2, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
830AM to 430PM
c/o John Crouch 217-529-6939
Illinois Products Farmers' Market, Thu, Jun 6, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Commodity Pavilion
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
c/o Kristi Jones (217)785-4873
Interagency Committee on Pesticides, Thu, Jun 6, Ill. Dept. of Agriculture- Room - Nat Res 1
Southern Illinois 039 Rally, Jun 7 - 9, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, North End Camping & Pavill
c/o Betty Hutchens 618-735-2822
Jaycees Youth Fishing Tournament , Sat, Jun 8, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds,
c/o Jim Dimitroff 618-318-1629
Show me Little Equine Club, Jun 8 - 9, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Horse Show Arena
Electronics Recycling Event, Sat, Jun 8, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Parking Lot #21
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
c/o Gail O'Neill (217)535-3100
Shriners Circus , Jun 8 - 9, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Southern Illinois Center
Adults $14.00 Children $10.00
c/o Mark Maxwell 618-616-6843
Newmar Camping Convention , Jun 10 - 15, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Complete Fairgrounds
Midwest Charity Horse Show, Jun 11 - 15, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Artisans Building, Coliseum
c/o Judy Kjellander (217)553-1202
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