If you've not taken the time to familiarize yourself with our website, I'd invite you to do so: web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps On the right side of our page, you can register for all the programs listed below (plus others as well). On the middle of the page, there are icons for each of the program areas Extension supports. The "Local Food Systems/Small Farms (LFSSF)" icon will take you to that program.
I'd like your email address so I can forward to you the educational activities we have planned specifically for you and your operation. I also use the list to send out notices of crop/pest management issues during the growing season. We can't financially support sending out a newsletter for all our programs, and email is the easiest and most cost effective method. I don't share the email list with anyone and the messages are always sent blind carbon copy so no one will know your email. Please respond back with your email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Webinar Series will be held on Thursday afternoons beginning Jan. 15th and concluding March 26th, beginning at 1 pm. The topics will be varied but designed for small farm application. Topics include:
Jan. 15 No-till Culture for Peppers & Tomatoes
Jan. 22 Growing Hops for Market
Jan. 29 Potato Production
Feb. 5 Sweet Corn Production
Feb. 12 Perennial Crops for Small Farms
Feb. 19 Understanding Insecticides
Feb. 26 Blueberry Production
Mar. 5 Hydroponics
Mar. 12 Effective Farmers Market Displays
Mar. 19 Veggie Compass Record-Keeping Software
Mar. 26 Variety Selection & Rootstocks for Establishing Apple Orchards
Sessions are presented by U of I Extension Educators and Specialists. There is no cost to participate. Programs should last approximately one hour, with question and answer session to follow. You can log on from home or contact our office if you need access. All these sessions will be recorded and available for viewing. Register online: http://go.illinois.edu/2015winterwebinars. You can also view archived webinars from past years on the LFSSF website (see opening paragraph of newsletter).
The IL Specialty Crops, Organic and Agritourism Conference will take place Jan. 7th-9th at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. This is the premier event for specialty growers in the state. Preconference workshops on Jan. 7th include: Pollination/pollinators; High tunnel/greenhouses; Wholesale marketing; Underground vegetables. There are 6 separate tracks for the remaining two days: Agritourism/marketing; Fruits; Vegetables; Herbs; Organic; Emerging issues. A huge trade show is open beginning Wednesday evening. Speakers come from a number of universities and companies and there are numerous producer speakers. Go to http://www.specialtygrowers.org for more info and to register.
The Tri State Local Foods Network is hosting a series of monthly winter farmers' markets at the Kroc Center in Quincy. The dates are Dec. 22nd, Jan. 20th, and Feb. 17th. Usual products available include: vegetables, baked goods, jams, Indian cuisine, and more. Stop on by and pass this on to your friends.
This year the conference moves to O'Fallon, IL to the Regency Conference Center. The new name is The Gateway Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference and will be held February 10th-11th. More info will be available after Jan. 1st. Contact us then or keep checkng the Unit 14 website for more information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/.
The annual tree fruit school at Hardin will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, beginning at 8:30 am at the Hardin K of C Hall. Peaches will be discussed in the morning and apples in the afternoon. U of I Specialists Rick Weinzierl, Mohammad Babadoost and Mosbah Kushad and Brad Taylor from SIU will be speakers. Cost is $25 per person. Register online at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=11163
The University of Illinois Extension Local Foods Systems and Small Farms (LFSSF) Team now has a "one-stop shop" website for clients to find information, resources, event calendars, and program registrations. The site was designed and developed by LFSSF team members to share information—in one place –for all of our unit programs, such as the statewide calendar. The website is geared toward farmers, those considering a farming operation, and those interested in local foods. Visitors can find the website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/
The 20th Annual Gardener's Palette will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9:00 am– 4:00 pm at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Attendees will be able to choose from a selection of topics including Invasive Plants, Monarch Butterflies, Lawn Care, Composting, Garden Photography, Rock Gardens, Weed Wisdoms, Busting Garden Myths, Birds, Houseplants, and Culinary Herbs. New for 2015 will be an optional Q & A Panel of Master Gardeners, Extension Educators, and Presenters from 3:30-4:00 pm to answer questions from attendees. The cost of the program is $40 and includes all sessions, handouts, and lunch. Registration will begin in early Januaryat http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/.
Tree Fruit Pruning Demonstration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21st, at 9 am, at Edgewood Orchards, just east of I-72 off of Columbus Road, Quincy. Learn about proper pruning techniques for tree fruits, which tools to use and pest management practices to allow your backyard trees to produce to their fullest. Register at: http://web.extension.Illinois.edu/abhps/.
Putting Small Acreage to Work will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14th at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48th in Quincy. If you're looking for ideas on how to utilize smaller acreages for income producing activities or for fun and leisure, then this program will provide you with a number of options to consider. Concurrent presentations during the morning will include the topics of: Cover crops for Western IL; Raising broilers on pasture; Methods for extending the growing season; Brambles- blackberries and raspberries; Using social media for marketing; Developing and managing orchards; and growing garlic.
During lunch our speaker will be Linda Prescott, who will be discussing the strategies she has utilized to develop her farm into what it is today. They raise and market produce, herbs and honey. They utilize social media to send out weekly lists of available products. They also offer classes on a variety of topics.
All the presenters have been or are currently involved in the enterprise that they will speak on. We have plenty of time built into the program to allow for discussions. The program will begin at 8:30 am and conclude at 1:30 pm. Cost is $30 per person. Registration for additional persons from the same household is $10 (which is the charge for students). Lunch, refreshments and proceedings are all included. Register on line at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/.
Monday, March 16th, 6 pm at the Extension office in Quincy. Social Media isn't a one-size‐fits-all marketing concept. It is an important tool for business that is multi-faceted and forever changing. It can be a great tool to share information and build relationships with customers. The workshop will provide information about the main social media sites, how to choose the appropriate social media for your business and how to get started. Register at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/.
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 other organizations are offering programs to help you become educated. I've listed several here, and there are others as well. Be sure to attend one near you.
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, 8-11 am, contact Stu Ellis, StuAgNews@aol.com
Some web sites to help you:
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
For more information, call 217-223-8380 or email email@example.com
Thursday, Jan. 8th, 6:30 pm at Sullivan & Son Auction and Events Center,Highway 336, south of Carthage.
The meeting will focus on winter cow feeding, calving season tips, and how herd nutrition effects reproductive performance. Producers will leave 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/.
There will be several locations and dates that we've scheduled to allow for testing only: Jan. 14th, Hancock Extension office and March 4th, Pike 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. Or 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 take the training online. The cost is $15 for online training. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/privatepsep/
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