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Fruits workhsop at ISCAOC

Fruits workhsop January 9, 2014 ISCAOC Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:45 Updates from the Geneva Apple Rootstock Development Program. Gennaro Fazio, USDA ARS, Geneva, NY 11:45 Lunc...

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Agritourism & Marketing workshop at ISCAOC

Agritourism & Marketing January 9, 2014 ISCAOC Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:45 Sampling Best Practices and Impacts: Observations From Over 6,000 Market Visitors. Tim Woods, University of Kentuck...

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Vegetables Workshop at ISCAOC

VegetablesWorkshop January 9, 2014 ISCAOC Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:45 Planning and Managing Cold Storage Facilities for Storage Crops. Scott Sanford, University of Wisconsin 11:45...

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Putting Small Acres to Work

Putting Small Acres to Work Saturday, January 18 from 8 am to 12 noon Kishwaukee College Conference Center, Malta. REGISTRATION & COSTS Costs for the program are $10 per person and $5 for each additional family member. Fees include materials for one family. Pre-registration is required by Th...

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Vegetable Workshop at ISCAOC

Vegetables January 10, 2014 Illinois Specialty Crop, Agritourism, Organic Conference, Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 9:00 Opportunities and Challenges in Tomato Production. J...

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Herbs Workshop at ISCAOC

Herbs Workshop January 9, 2014 ISCAOC Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:45 Tarragon: Cooking with the Queen of Herbs. Susan Belsinger, Brookeville, MD 11:45 Lunch in the Trade Show...

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Labor and Legal Issues workshop at ISCAOC

Labor and Legal Issues ISCAOC, Springfield, IL    Jan. 10 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 9:00 Heat Stress Prevention and Changes to Hazardous Chemical Labeling. Brian Bothast, OSHA, Peoria, IL...

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Fruit Workshop at ISCAOC

Fruits January 10, 2014 Illinois Specialty Crop, Agritourism, Organic Conference, Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 9:00 Managing Apple Scab. Mohammad Babadoost, University of I...

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2014 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series. Jan-Mar on Thurs. 1:00

2014 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series. Register early. The highly popular small farm winter webinar series will again bring a wide range of speakers and topics on small farm production of fruits, vegetables and livestock. Sign up early and get the dates on your calendar. To register, click http://web...

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Agritourism workshop

Agritourism ISCAOC Springfield, IL  Jan. 9, 2014 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 9:00 Welcome to Braeutigam's–From Tree-Ripened Peaches in 1935 to our 8th Generation in Training. The Range Fami...

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Critical Economic Decisions when Raising Heifers

Tomorrow Jason Karszes will discuss some key items every dairy farmer should consider in heifer raising. He will cover the costs involved, factors that influence those costs, the economic impact of the replacement program on the dairy farm's performance, and several other factors to consider in a replacement program. Note: After clicking the link to go to the meeting, you...

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Herb workshop at ISCAOC

Herbs January 10, 2014 Illinois Specialty Crop, Agritourism, Organic Conference, Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 9:00 Beating the Winter Blahs with Herbs. Susan Belsinger, Bro...

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Hydroponics and Aquaponics at ISCAOC

? Hydroponics and Aquaponics January 9, 2014 Illinois Specialty Crop, Agritourism, Organic Conference, Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 1:30 Basics of Hydroponic . Jeff...

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Capturing Valuable Nutrients from Manure: Part 2

This month we will continue our 3 -part series of webcasts on nutrient capture from manure. The focus of part two will be on experiences with nutrient capture in Michigan, capture of phosphorus from liquid dairy manure in Washington State and Maryland, and nitrogen capture in Washington State and Wisconsin. More......

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ORGANIC PRODUCTION SESSIONS AT ISCAOC, Springfield, IL

ORGANIC PRODUCTION SESSIONS AT ISCAOC, Springfield, IL http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf JANUARY 9 10:45 Growing Organic Agriculture: The Farmer–Consumer Connection. Mark Keating, Wheel of L...

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Pumpkin Production, Pest Management, and Marketing at ISCAOC

Pumpkin Production, Pest Management, and Marketing ISCAOC Springfield, IL Jan. 8, 2014 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:00 Introduction 10:05 Soils, Fertilizers, and Pumpkin Production....

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Growing Unique Fruits and Vegetables

Growing Unique Fruits and Vegetables ISCAOC Springfield, IL Jan. 8, 2014 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 1:00 Introduction 1:10 Elderberries: Production and Commercial Uses....

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Season Extension and Year-Round Markets

Season Extension and Year-Round Markets ISCAOC Springfield, IL Jan. 8, 2014 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:00 Introduction 10:05 Why Season Extension is Important for Increasing Supplies o...

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Optimizing Plasticulture and Drip Irrigation Practices

Optimizing Plasticulture and Drip Irrigation Practices ISCAOC, Springfield, IL  Jan. 8, 2014 10:00 Introduction 10:05 Basics and Not-so-Basics of Using Plastic Mulch and Drip Irrigation. Jeff Kindhart, University of Illinois 11:10 Plasticulture: Tangible Benefits...Tales from an Experienced Grower. Do...

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Controlling internal parasites in small and backyard poultry flocks

https://learn.extension.org/events/1287 Keeping happy chickens means keeping them healthy. Internal parasites can be a problem when chickens are allowed to roam. Dr. Donna Carver from North Carolina State University will discuss controlling internal parasites in backyard flocks. Tags...

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More Beekeepers!

Illinois Department of Agriculture released new data showing that there was a 38% increase in Beekeepers in Illniois with almost 700 new beekeepers for a total of more than 2500.  There are over 24000 colonies, over 700 of which are in Cook county....

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Calling New Farmers! Is Entrepreneurial Farming for you? workshop

As the demand for local, sustainable grown food continues to rise, farmers are working to meet the demand through the creation of small-scale entrepreneurial farm businesses. To facilitate these new farm businesses and address the needs of a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurial farmers, the University of Illinois Extension will host " Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You...

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GAPs Farm Tour Dec. 3 Join us!

Becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Certified is a step being taken by many Illinois growers. Montalbano Farms is the first Illinois Farm to receive a GAPs Audit Cost-share To assist others in understanding the steps to GAPs certification, Rob and Christina will be opening their farm for a tour and to share their experiences in writing a Food Safety Plan and seeking a 3...

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