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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Who's Farming - check out the USDA 2012 Census

The 2012 Census showed principal farm operators are becoming older and more diverse; following the trend of pervious censuses. In 2012, the average age of a principal farm operator was 58.3 years, up 1.2 years since 2007, and continuing a 30-year trend of steady increase. The Census also accounted for more minority-operated farms in 2012 than in 2007. For more information about the Cens...

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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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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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New Small Farm Website

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

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