A number of opportunities to learn about the new farm bill selections you must make are being offered throughout the area. FSA, Farm Bureau, Extension and others are offering their programs to help you become educated to make the choice. I've listed several here, and there are others as well. Be sure to attend one near you. A couple of web sites to help you: http://farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu/index.html; http://fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc; http://fsa.usapas.com.
Jan. 7th, Pike Co. Farm Bureau - contact them for specifics.
Jan. 19th, Adams Co. Farm Bureau - contact them for specifics.
Jan. 19th, Hancock Co. Farm Bureau. - contact them for specifics.
Feb. 6th, 8-11 am, Macomb, Spoon River Outreach Center, contact Stu Ellis, StuAgNews@aol.com
Beef Cattle Meeting - Thursday, Jan. 8th, 6:30 pm at Sullivan & Son Auction and Events Center.
The meeting will focus on winter cow feeding, calving season tips, and how herd nutrition affects reproductive performance. Furthermore, producers will leave the meeting with knowledge of the economics of feeding corn to cows and how it fits into rations. Reducing hay waste, testing forages, and pasture management will be discussed. This meeting will be a great opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into profitable beef cattle management. Travis Meteer, U of I Extension and Monte Rowland, Ursa Farmers Coop will be the speakers. Register at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps.
A newsletter from the research and extension folks at the U of I: http://dairyfocus.illinois.edu/content/dairy-focus-newsletter.
There will be several locations and dates that we've scheduled to allow for testing only: Jan. 14th, Hancock Co. Extension office and March 4th, Pike Co. Farm Bureau. Both testing sessions run from 10 am-noon. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps.
Training can be accomplished through several alternatives. The manual and study guide will be available from any of our offices for $13. You can attend a training and testing session on Feb. 24th, at the Quincy Holiday Inn. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/psep/training/private/index.cfm The cost is $30 per person. You can also go online for training. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/privatepsep/ The cost is $15 for this online training.
The 2015 CMC will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28th-29th at the Northfield Conference Center in Springfield. Cost is $130 before Jan. 21st and $150 after. There will be 13 hours of CCA credits available. Register at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec/downloads/56251.pdf.
Will be held on Monday, Jan. 12th, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, 8:30 am-3:00 pm. There will be 4 hours of CCA credit offered, in all 5 program areas. Online registration is $75 and will close on Dec. 19th per location. Walk in registrations are welcomed and will be charged $75 at the door. Topics will include: Weather outlook for 2015; Drainage systems; Crop economic outlook; Insect management; Corn foliar diseases; Nitrogen on corn; Weed control systems; and Drift reduction technologies. Register on line at: http://www.cropsciconferences.com/Corn_Soybean/Home/.
Will be held on Friday, Jan. 30th, at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48th, Quincy. Dr. Mark Bernards, WIU, will present the general session with the topic of: New Weed Management Technologies. He will also present one of the breakout sessions, discussing new herbicides available and how they compare to the old ones.
Additional topics include: Grain and livestock price outlook; Using cover crops in a corn/soybean rotation; Reducing input costs; Seed treatments for corn and soybean; and a farmer panel. Presenters from U of MO, U of I Extension and WIU will be featured.
The program starts at 9:15 am and concludes at 2:00 pm. Cost is $15 per person, and includes lunch and coffee. There will be 4.5 hours of CCA credit. Please register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps.
Will be held on Friday, Feb. 27th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Extension office in Quincy. There will be 5 CCA hours in nutrient management offered via this web-based seminar. The following topics will be presented: Nutrient Management; Algae Blooms; Nitrogen Management; Soil Fertility Decisions; Evaluation of Adapt-N. Presenters from U of MN, Ohio State, U of I, and U of WI will be featured. Cost is $50 per person, lunch and refreshments are included. Register at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps.
Yield results from the U of I corn and soybean trials are now available on line at
Livestock facilities with 300-999 animal unit capacity must have someone certified in manure handling procedures. This can be done in one of three ways: via an on-line short course (no cost, contact email@example.com to request the quizzes) or attend this training session or take and pass the CLMT exam. Producers with over 1000 animal units must take the class and pass the test. You are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the workshop by calling 800-345-6087. You can also order training materials through this number.
Feb 25, 2015 - Galesburg
March 11, 2015 - Springfield, Illinois Department of Agriculture Bldg.
The new 2015 Adams County Plat Book is now available and is being distributed by the Adams County 4-H Federation. The new plat book accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries, recreational areas, and includes an index to landowners. An aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is very useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel. The new 2015 Adams County plat books are available for purchase from the Adams County 4-H Federation for $38 at:
University of Illinois Extension Office – 330 S 36th Street, Quincy, IL 62301
Mixer Lumber - 101 S Park St, Clayton, IL 62324
Central State Bank - 100 W Maine St, Clayton, IL 62324
Dearwester Grain Services - 105 E Marion St, Clayton, IL 62324
Bill Wiewel Insurance - 704 Wendell St, Golden, IL 62339
Camp Point Mutual Insurance - 109 E Jefferson St, Camp Point, IL 62320
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