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Fruit and vegetable updates for local producers

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage. Since its inceptio...

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Illinois Drift Watch

https://il.driftwatch.org/ If you have sensitive crops, grow organically or have bees, it's time to update your profile for the coming year. DriftWatch™ was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Coop...

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University of Illinois Plant Clinic

Let the Plant CLinic help with your plant problems. They do plant and insect identification, diagnosis of disease, insect, weed and chemical injury(chemical injury on field crops only), nematode assays, and help with nutrient related problems, as well as recommendations involving these diagnoses. Contact the Plant Clinic for assistance S-41...

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GAPs - Arturo Velesquez Institute

Do you garden, grow, or sell fresh produce? This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty...

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Honey Prices

Honey prices increased to a record high during 2013 to 212.1 cents per pound, up 6 percent from 199.2 cents per pound in 2012. United States and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels. Released March 21, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service...

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How much land is there in ag? USDA 2012 Census

Between 2007 and 2012, the amount of land in farms in the United States continued a slow downward trend declining from 922 million acres to 915 million. This is only a decline of less than one percent and is the third smallest decline between censuses since 1950. For more information about the Census, including access to current 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary report, additional...

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FOOD SAFETY COST-SHARE AUDITS DEADLINE: AUGUST 2014

Apply for your audit now to receive up to 75% of the cost of the food safety inspection Time is running out. The Illinois Department of Agriculture Food Safety Grant that assists farmers with a cost-share for GAPs audits will terminate in September 2014. There are still funds available for cost-sharing your audit expenses. Many of you have gone through Good Agricultural Practic...

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Common Weed Seedlings of the North Central States

Snow is gone and many weeds are already green. Do you know which ones they are? https://pubsplus.illinois.edu/NCR607.html Common Weed Seedlings of the North Central States Product...

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Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook

Handbook Helps with Urban Farm Planning: Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook, and its complementary Urban Farm Business Plan Worksheets. http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/urbanag/pdf/urban_farm_business_plan.pdf There are many excellent worksheets to develop costs....

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Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News - latest issue posted.

Latest issue of the Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News is available! http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/contents.php In This Issue: Upcoming Programs (an extensive list of educational programs for beginning and established growers) Regional Reports (from western and southern...

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Food Hubs: Solving Local - a new publication

"Food Hubs: Solving Local" offers solutions for retailers and food service Groceries and food service companies nationwide are finding the best way to meet consumer demand for local food is by teaming up with regional food hubs. These small-farm aggregators — more than 200 across the country — are the solution both to scaling up local food and ensuring its integrity....

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GAPs - Gary Comer Youth Center

Do you garden, grow, or sell fresh produce? This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty...

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Soil Temperatures to plant vegetables

Here is a link to a good publication on Vegetable Seed germination temperatures. http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/live/g2090/build/g2090.pdf...

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Growing Under High Tunnels in Illinois and the Midwest

NEW PUBLICATION: written by Zachary Grant, Manager of the Illinois Sustainable Student Regional Farm and Food Project https://pubsplus.illinois.edu/CS01.html...

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