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MEDICAL CANNABIS INFORMATION APPLICATION AND NOTICE OF ZONING FORM
The Department is in the process of finalizing the application package. The information provided is meant to assist you in the application process. Please use the information provided to become familiar with the materials that will be required when the application is available.
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
NEW DU QUOIN STATE FAIR MANAGER SELECTED
Shannon Woodworth, 47, of West Frankfort, a 14-year veteran of the Du Quoin State Fair has been chosen as its manager.
IDOA AWARDED SPECIALTY CROP GRANT FUNDS
Funds will expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen state's farm economy

Illinois will receive nearly $540,000 through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to fund 12 projects.
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.
Illinois Where fresh is logo grantsILLINOIS "WHERE FRESH IS" LOGO AND BRANDING CAMPAIGN
The Illinois Where Fresh Is logo is part of a marketing campaign that can be used to help identify and sell Illinois grown produce throughout Illinois. As part of a grant, 200 grocery stores and 100 Farmers' markets located in Illinois will be selected across the state through an application process to receive a starter pack of point of sale materials. Grocery Store Application   Farmers' Market Application

MYCOTOXIN SURVEY
Included are the 2013 corn vomitoxin, 2013 corn aflatoxin, 2013 corn fumonisin, 2013 wheat vomitoxin, 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.
Pet Food as a
Business BrochurePET FOOD AS A BUSINESS BROCHURE
A Regulatory Guide for the Cottage Industry

Anyone who wishes to make homemade pet food for distribution must also comply with these requirements and follow rules on pet food labeling.

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 and Sesquicentennial farmsCENTENNIAL 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 picSOYBEAN RUST INFORMATION
Agriculture Department stresses education in preparation for possible rust outbreak

 Soybean Rust Program
About the Program
Scouting for Asian Soybean Rust Training
Fungicide:
  • Understanding Fungicide Modes of Action
  • Techniques for Spraying Fungicides
  • Fungicides
  • Crop Insurance & Soybean Rust
    Links:
    USDA Soybean Rust, Illinois Soybean Rust Information Center, StopSoybeanRust.com, Soybean Rust.com, News Alerts

  • pic of hay balesHAY 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.
    Marketing 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
    Illinois Premise IDIn 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.
    Register On-line
    Crop report and Market NewsDAILY GRAIN AND LIVESTOCK AUDIO REPORTS/ WEEKLY SUMMARIES
    The Department of Agriculture is now providing daily mp3 audio reports of the grain and livestock markets on-line. You can find these reports by clicking the Market Reports link in the brown bar directly above.

     

    Agriculture Events
    State Fairgrounds

    Illinois Products Farmer's Markets
    Illinois Products Merchandise
     Illinois Food and Agribusiness guide
    Farmer's Markets in Illinois
    Illinois State Fairgrounds, non=Fair events webpage
    On-line Livestock Import Permt
    Gypsy Moth in Illinois
     Emerald Ash Borer
    Community Garden, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
    Thouand Cankersc Walnut Disease
     Premise ID
    Illinois Farm Programs
    Driftwatch, Pesticide Sensitive Crops and Habitats Registry
    Aerial Pesticide Application
    International visitors information for the 2013 farm progress show
    Agfricultural Happenings in Illinois
    Soybean Rust
     MethNet, Joining force against meth
    Avian Influenza (bird flu)
    Illinois Amber Alert National Center For Missing And Exploited Children
    Ready Illinois Emergency Preparedness website
    Green IT Challenge

    John Laurenzana II Auction, Oct 24 - 25, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Commodity Pavilion
    Admission: Free
    Time: Friday Noon - 6:00 pm
    Sat. 10:00 am - ?
    c/o John Laurenzana II ( 21)741-6568

    Beer Festival, Sat, Oct 25, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Exposition Building
    Exposition Building
    Time - 4 pm - 11 pm
    Admission - $10
    c/o Robbie Johnston

    IDHS , Wed, Oct 29, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, 2nd Heat

    CPE Dog Trial, Nov 1 - 2, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Livestock Center - Upstairs Ring
    Admission: Free
    Time: Sat. and Sun. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Contact: Laurie Glencross
    c/o Laurie Glencross (217)423-3438

    Flea Market, Sun, Nov 2, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
    $1.50
    8:30am
    4:30pm
    c/o John Crouch

    General Election, Tue, Nov 4, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building Main Floor
    Polls Open: 6:00am - 7:00pm
    c/o Stacey Kern (217)753-6740

    National Fed of Prof Bullriders, Nov 7 - 8, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, SIC
    c/o Clint Jackson 417-260-1600

    IDHS, Thu, Nov 13, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, 2nd Heat

    Illinois Local Food, Farm, and Jobs Council, Thu, Nov 13, Heartland Community College, 1500 West Raab Rd, Normal

    Illinois Local Food, Farm, and Jobs Council, Thu, Nov 13, Heartland Community College
    1500 West Raab Rd
    Normal


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