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It's not too late to enter!
The Illinois Department of Agriculture proudly presents the 3rd Annual "25 Days of Christmas" promotion featuring Illinois Products!
To enter to win, participants must take the Buy Illinois Challenge at: http://www.buyillinoischallenge.com/
One winner will be selected randomly each day from December 1-25 from our Buy Illinois Challenge takers and winners will be listed on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
What is the Buy Illinois Pledge? We are asking Illinois households to pledge to dedicate just $10 of their existing grocery budget towards purchasing Illinois made products. If every household did this over $2.4 billion would be generated annually for our economy!
For a complete list of participating companies visit HERE
AG DIRECTOR WELCOMES ILLINOIS STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Agriculture Director Bob Flider Saturday reported a 38 percent increase
in the number of registered Illinois beekeepers.
CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED
The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in eight locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 16 in Bloomington and concluding March 5 in Springfield. Workshops also are scheduled Jan. 14 in Effingham, Jan. 15 in Breese, Jan. 16 in Galesburg, Feb. 4 in Peoria, Feb. 18 in Sycamore and Feb. 19 in Freeport.
THREE MORE MEET THE BUYERS EVENTS COMING IN NOVEMBER
There is a great line-up of buyers for Meet the Buyer events scheduled for Galesburg, Carbondale and St. Charles, Illinois. Farmers from throughout Illinois are invited. These events are free to farmers. RSVP's are required.
2013 LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SUMMIT
The third annual Local and Regional Food Summit will be held on November 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM) at Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL. This one-day event is hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Heartland Community College.
ROCK ISLAND LATEST COUNTY TO DISCOVER DESTRUCTIVE TREE KILLING BEETLE
The tree-killing beetle was discovered in Hasselroth Park by an Illinois Department of Agriculture employee. Because no infestations of the pest previously had been confirmed in the county, the department submitted larva it collected at the park to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for identification. The agency confirmed the specimen as EAB Sept. 27.
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.
GOVERNOR QUINN LAUNCHES STATEWIDE COVER CROP DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
Initiative Aims to Improve Water Quality, Control Erosion and Increase Yields
New plant varieties and new production techniques have been discovered that eliminate many of the problems that farmers who planted cover crops in the 1980s and 90s experienced.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT
The Medical Marijuana Act has been signed by the Governor but it does not go into effect until January 1, 2014. The Department of Agriculture is charged with licensing and regulating the 22 cultivation centers allowed in the law. The Department has 120 days from the effective date (January 1) to write the rules and criteria that will apply to these facilities. At that time (approximately May 1, 2014) these rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for review and public comment. The JCAR review and approval process will then follow state law, including public comment and input, and typically will take 3 or 4 months. Realistically the Department will not be accepting applications for a cultivation center license until the fall of 2014.
Further information on the legislation, HB1, including the full text can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website (ilga.gov). Also at this site is a link to the Joint committee on Administrative Rules which explains their role and procedures.
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EAB DISCOVERED IN NEW ILLINOIS COUNTY
A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County, the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border.
2013 AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINER RECYCLING SCHEDULE|
The program accepts only clean, dry high density polyethylene (HDPE) #2 plastic agrichemical containers. All caps, labels, booklets and foil seals must be removed. Never put a cap back on a rinsed container. Please check the schedule for times and locations in your area. More...
GOVERNOR QUINN LAUNCHES "WHERE FRESH IS" CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ILLINOIS-PRODUCED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Residents are Encouraged to Shop Grocery Stores and Farmers' Markets Taking Part in the Campaign
"When given a choice, consumers prefer to buy homegrown food, especially fruits and vegetables," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "The 'Where Fresh Is' logo will raise awareness about the diversity of our agricultural production and enable consumers to easily find and fill their shopping carts with fresh, wholesome, Illinois produce."
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.
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 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.
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.
Holiday Lights, Nov 28 - Dec 30, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds,
Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Committee, Wed, Dec 11, Agriculture Building- Room - Conf Rm1
801 E Sangamon Ave
Holiday Farmer's Market, Sat, Dec 14, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Artisans Building
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
c/o Lindsay Record (217)528-1563
Indoor Softball Tournament, Dec 20 - 22, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, SIC
MotorCycle, ATV, & Go Cart Races, Dec 28 - 30, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, SIC Center
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