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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GAPs Farm Tour Dec. 3 Join us!

Becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Certified is a step being taken by many Illinois growers. Montalbano Farms is the first Illinois Farm to receive a GAPs Audit Cost-share To assist others in understanding the steps to GAPs certification, Rob and Christina will be opening their farm for a tour and to share their experiences in writing a Food Safety Plan and seeking a 3...

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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Pesticide Safety Education Program The University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is offering a Private Applicator pesticide training and testing clinic on Wednesday, January 8, at the Crowne Plaza in conjunction with our conference. Training starts at 8 a.m., with pre-registration check-in at 7:30 a.m. Private Applicator training is for those applying Restricted-u...

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GAPs and Food Safety Guidelines for Growers Who Sell at Farmers' Markets

GAPs and Food Safety Guidelines for Growers Who Sell at Farmers' Markets ISCAOC, Springfield, IL   Jan. 8, 2014 10:00 Introduction 10:05 Food Safety and GAPs, An Overview. Ellen Phillips, University of Illinois Extension 10:20 The Current Status of GAPs Requirements and the Food Safety Modernization Act....

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Illinois GAPs Audit Cost-share given to Montalbano Farms

Becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Certified is a step being taken by many Illinois growers. Montalbano Farms is the first Illinois Farm to receive a GAPs Audit Cost-share To assist others in understanding the steps to GAPs certification, Rob and Christina will be opening their farm for a tour and to share their experiences in writing a Food Safety Plan and seeking a 3...

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Food Safety Modernization Act: Proposed Rule for Produce Safety Overview and Q & A Session

FSMA WEBINAR TOMORROW Fruit and Vegetable Producers: Have you procrastinated on reading the FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety? The November 15th deadline to submit comments is rapidly approaching! Join us and the FDA Produce Safety St...aff on October 30 for an overview of the Proposed Rule for Produce Safety and come prepared with your questions. Food Safety Modern...

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Good Agricultural Practices WEBINAR SERIES

November 4-25, 2013 (6:00 PM - 6:00 PM ) The webinar series will be held Mondays - November 4, November 11, November 18, and November 25, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You may attend the webinars from your home. You will need to have a computer with high-speed Internet access and a way to listen to the presentation via your computer (headsets are best, but speakers...

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New Small Farm Website

Illinois Small Farms http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/...

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Manure Central

Check our Manure Central to utilize this resource safely http://web.extension.illinois.edu/manurecentral/...

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