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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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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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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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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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