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FARMERS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND CONSERVATION CROPPING SEMINARS

Three Seminars Scheduled for January 2016

SPRINGFIELD, IL. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is sponsoring a series of one-day seminars to provide farmers with the latest information about soil and water conservation practices. 

The series begins January 26 at the iHotel Conference Center.  Other seminars will be held throughout the month in Godfrey and Milan.

Each seminar will have its own agenda. However, all three will

2015 R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture Awarded to Danforth Farmer

Springfield, IL -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named a fifth generation central Illinois farmer, Harold Wilken, the winner of the annual R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture for 2015.

Wilken, together with his wife Sandy, and son Ross, are the proprietors of Janie's Farm, based in Danforth, IL.  The farm's name honors Harold and Sandy's daughter Janie, who was killed in a car accident in 2001.

Janie's Farm produces

CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED

Training is a Requirement of the Livestock Management Facilities Act

Springfield, IL - The bureau of Environmental Programs at the Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced seven cities will host Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops.  The workshops provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act.

The workshops will be held thr

CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE MARKET

Final Farmers' Market of the Season

When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015
4:00-7:00pm 
Survivors Parade to begin at 5:30pm

Where:  Illinois State Fairgrounds
The Shed across from Lincoln Stage
801 San

Illinois Crop Report

USDA Issues Weekly Report
Continued warm, dry weather has enabled operators to make rapid progress in harvesting crops and preparing fields for next year. The dry conditions are causing some concern about pasture condition.

Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.03 inches, 0.54 inches below normal. The average temperature was 61.4 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 11. 

IDOA RECEIVES SPECIALTY CROP GRANT FUNDS

Funds will expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce

SPRINGFIELD, IL. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture will receive more than $600,000 through the latest federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  The funds, part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will be split between 16 projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce. 

"Thanks to grants like these we are able to strengthen our state's specialt

CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE MARKET

Final Farmers' Market of the Season

When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015
  
4:00-7:00pm 
 
Survivors Parade to begin at 5:30pm 

Where: Illinois State Fairgrounds
 The Shed across from Lincoln Stage
 801 Sangam

ILLINOIS DAIRY TOUR BEGINS TODAY

IDOA trade mission designed to increase foreign sales for state's agriculture industry enters 12th year

Springfield, IL -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting close to 20 international buyers from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal, and Thailand in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois dairy industry.    Since the inception of the Illinois Dairy Tour in 1993, Mexico has purchased over $6.5 million in

ILLINOIS GRAIN TOUR BEGINS TODAY

IDOA-led trade mission designed to increase foreign sales for state's agriculture industry; reinforce commitment to exporting Illinois grain

SPRINGFIELD, IL--The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting more than 30 international buyers from Mexico, Ecuador, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam this week in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry.  Last year participants estimate the tour

TAIWANESE DELEGATION SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT TO PURCHASE ILLINOIS CORN AND SOYBEANS

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Today members of an agricultural mission from Taiwan joined Governor Bruce Rauner and Director of Agriculture Philip Nelson to sign letters of intent to purchase Illinois corn and soybeans in 2016 and 2017. 

"We thank Taiwan for their continued support of the state's agriculture industry," said Governor Bruce Rauner.  "Agriculture helps our state secure a strong position in the global economy.  We look forward to a long,

ILLINOIS ANIMAL HEALTH OFFICIALS LIFT OUT OF STATE POULTRY RESTRICTIONS

Out of state birds can return to Illinois for shows, fairs, and exhibitions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) animal health officials announced today that out-of-state birds can return to the state to participate in shows, fairs and exhibitions.  

A ban was placed on out of state birds' participation in fairs and exhibitions on June 5, 2015, as a precautionary measure due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

COMPETITION JUST GOT TOUGHER AT DUQUOIN AUTO RACES

Schrader enters Southern Illinois ARCA 100

DuQuoin, IL - As competitive as the recent Allen Crowe ARCA 100 was at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, it's going to get tougher yet when the 62nd annual Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care rolls off at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt on Labor Day.

And that's because veteran Ken Schrader, who was absent from the line-up at Springfield, will be returning to the cockpit of t

THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE AT 2015 FARM PROGRESS SHOW

Decatur, IL - The world's fair of agriculture returns to Progress City this week, September 1-3, 2015.  The 62nd Farm Progress Show is the largest outdoor farm equipment show in the United States and attracts an array of visitors, including international visitors.   The show provides one-stop shopping for farmers, agribusiness professionals, and others to network, conduct business, and learn about the newest and most innovative technologies

ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF MEAT PROCESSORS MAKES DONATION TO LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

SPRINGFIELD, IL-The Illinois State Fair is the home to hundreds of competitions and contests, where Illinoisans have the chance to show off their products and talents.  This year, the Illinois Association of Meat Processors (IAMP) partnered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) on a new format for the Meats Competition and display, all located in the new IDOA tent.  At the conclusion of the Fair, these products will be donated to the St. Martin

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