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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium January 7 is cancelled due to severe weather conditions.

Posted by Ellen Phillips - Programs

The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium January 7 is cancelled due to severe weather conditions. Preregistered participants will be notified by phone and/or email. Cancellation information with be provided to radio station Indiana 105.5 FM, and will be posted at the Purdue Fruit and Vegetable Connection web site (ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg) and at Twitter @NWCH The planni...

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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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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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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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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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