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Fruit and vegetable updates for local producers

Soil Thermometer: A Useful Toolbox Tool

Planting by the calendar is too risky when there are simple tools to help make more accurate decisions about soil temperature. Checking regional soil temperatures can be as simple as checking a website.  Current Soil Temperatures for Illinois: http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/warm/soiltemp.asp Past week soil temperatures:...

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MarketReady

MarketReady is a program designed to help small and mid-sized producers understand the evolving commercial market opportunities for locally produced foods. The program will be held on Monday April 7, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at University of Illinois Extension Cook County, 2205 Enterprise Dr., Suite 501, Westche...

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Volunteers needed for Produce Safety research study

Dr. Hao Feng, Food Engineer/Professor and his team at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a Food Safety Project that is doing research aimed at reducing microbial contamination of fresh produce, so that the risk of illness in consumers can be reduced significantly. The project is interested in assessing farmer awareness of good agricultural practices (GAPs) for production of safe foo...

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Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News

For direct access to issue 19:20, use the following link: http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/contents.php In This Issue: Upcoming Programs (an extensive list of educational programs for beginning and established growers)...

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GAPs - Webinar

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar will be offered during Mondays in April, beginning April 7, through April 28, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The webinar is designed to provide information to growers on how to keep produce safe- from production to the market. The past few years we've all seen and heard about examples of where food has been contaminated and the result has been catastrophic...

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Living on the Land

Do you know ... … how to make a little money from your property? … what soils you have? … how to protect your drinking water well? … how often your septic system should be cleaned? … what weeds are in your pond? … how often to test your water?...

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Mar. 27 Growing for Ethnic Markets

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 Mar. 27 Growing for Ethnic Markets - James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension Local...

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What is the change in products sold? USDA 2012 Census

There was 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 about the Census, including access to current 2012 Census of Agriculture prelimin...

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How many farms are there? USDA 2012 Census

In 2012, the United States had 2.1 million farms - down 4.3 percent from the previous Census in 2007. In terms of farm size by acres, this continues an overall downward trend in mid-sized farms, while the smallest and largest-size farms held steady. For more information about the Census, including access to current 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary report, additional materials and...

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Mar. 6 Small Orchard: 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 Mar. 6 Small Orchard: Insects - Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois Extension Specialist, E...

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Iowa Learning Farm cover crop calculator tool

Depending on the weather and your crop rotation, cover crops might be an option.  Iowa Learning Farm has a new cover crop calcuator. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/content/iowa-learning-farms-launches-new-cover-crop-calculator-tool "Cover crops are plan...

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