News and Information:
COMMUNITY GARDEN TO RETURN FOR SIXTH SEASON ON THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
A meeting has been scheduled March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for new and returning
gardeners. The meeting will be held in the IDOA Auditorium, located at
the corner of Sangamon Ave. and 8th St. on the Illinois State
Fairgrounds inside Gate 11. Weather permitting, the garden will open
|ILLINOIS SPECIALTY CROP GRANT PROGRAM|
The Illinois Department of Agriculture received specialty crop block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Specialty Crop Block Grant - Farm Bill. A portion of those grant funds will be used to fund the Illinois Specialty Crop Grant Program. Through this program all Illinois specialty crop projects can apply for grant funds to help increase the competitiveness of the Illinois specialty crop industry.Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.
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.
ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE EXPANDS COLLABORATIONS WITH MEXICO
To promote collaboration and create opportunities for expanded trade between Mexico and Illinois, the University of Illinois has established an official partnership with the Universidad Autonomous del Estado de Mexico (UAEM) and the Mexican-based Foundation for Regional Development and Competitiveness (FUNDECO).
IDOA INVITES FARMERS TO ATTEND CONSERVATION CROPPING SEMINARS
The series begins Jan. 28 at the Mendota Civic Center. Other seminars will be held Feb. 27 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Mt. Vernon and March 13 at Heartland Community College in Normal.
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.
COMPASSIONATE USE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS PILOT PROJECT ACT
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The Department of Agriculture is charged with registering 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. The proposed 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 typically will take 3 or 4 months. The Department will not accept applications for a cultivation center license until the rules are final, most likely during the fall of 2014. Further information on the Act (410 ILCS 130), 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 its role and procedures.
UPDATE-- Draft IDOA Medical Cannabis Program Rules Posted for Public Comment
The Department has posted online draft administrative rules for the public to consider. Comments and suggested changes to the draft rules are welcome and encouraged, and should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, February 27th. When commenting on the rules, please include the page number and section number of the rule upon which you are commenting.
Comments may also be submitted by mail to:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
Attn: General Counsel
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.
Further information about the Act and the roles of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may be found at mcpp.illinois.gov. If you have comments, suggestions or more detailed inquiries please direct them to email@example.com. Additionally, when sending an email, please leave your name and address for a more prompt response.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flea Market, Sun, Aug 3, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
c/o John Crouch
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