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Fruit and vegetable updates for local producers

Per Farm Value of sales from USDA 2012 Census

The 2012 Census reported several historic changes in value of sales for agriculture producers in the United States: * Between 2007 and 2012, per farm average value of sales increased from $134,807 to $187,093, continuing a steady 30-year upward trend. The increase of $52,286 was the largest rise in Census history. For more information about the Ce...

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Eat Local, Buy Illinois Saturday

The first Saturday of every month is "Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day" Cook County Fram Bureau has a list of Cook County farmers. http://www.localfarmproducts.org/...

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Feb. 27 Asparagus Production

Webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. To register, click http://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854 Feb. 27 Asparagus Production - Mike Roegge, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms/Local...

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U.S. Value of Sales - USDA 2012 Census

The 2012 Census reported several historic changes in value of sales for agriculture producers in the United States: * In 2012, crop sales of $212.4 billion exceeded livestock sales of $182.2 billion. This occurred for only the second time in Census history; the other time was 1974. For more information about the Census, including access to current 2012 Ce...

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Urban Ag Research at University of Illinois

http://urbanag.cropsci.illinois.edu Urban Agriculture Research Lab In the Urban Agriculture Research Lab at the University of Illinois our goal is to develop science-based information and tools necessary for urban farmers to develop productive and economically sustainable cropping systems. Towards this goal, we seek to quantif...

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Northern Illinois Strawberry Symposium March 5

Northern Illinois Strawberry Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street Park Forest, IL 60466, from 8 am – 5 pm. Topics to be covered include: diseases, insects and weeds affecting strawberries; managing fertility; growing strawberries vertically and in high tunnels, and strawberry food safety. Experienced growers will share informat...

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2012 USDA Census data

USDA released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results. Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady. Additionally, agriculture is becoming more diverse. For more information abou...

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Feb. 20 Organic Pest Management: Weeds

Webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. To register, click http://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854 Feb. 20 Organic Pest Management: Weeds - Adam Davis, University of Illinois Associate Professo...

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Bi-State Horse Conference Feb. 22

Bi-State Horse Conference Date and Time: February 22, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM   Location: Kenosha County Center 19600 75th Street , WI 53104 Bristol, WI 53104  ...

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Feb 13 Organic Pest Management: Disease webinar

Webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. To register, click http://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854 Feb 13 Organic Pest Management: Disease - Darin Eastburn, University of Illnois Associate Prof...

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Who's Farming - check out the USDA 2012 Census

The 2012 Census showed principal farm operators are becoming older and more diverse; following the trend of pervious censuses. In 2012, the average age of a principal farm operator was 58.3 years, up 1.2 years since 2007, and continuing a 30-year trend of steady increase. The Census also accounted for more minority-operated farms in 2012 than in 2007. For more information about the Cens...

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Feb 6 Organic Pest Management: Insects webinar

Webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. To register, click http://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854 Feb 6 Organic Pest Management: Insects - Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois Extension Spec...

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