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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Season Extension and Year-Round Markets

Season Extension and Year-Round Markets ISCAOC Springfield, IL Jan. 8, 2014 http://jhawkins54.typepad.com/files/conference-program-and-reg-form-2014.pdf 10:00 Introduction 10:05 Why Season Extension is Important for Increasing Supplies o...

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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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2014 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series.

2014 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series. Register early. The highly popular small farm winter webinar series will again bring a wide range of speakers and topics on small farm production of fruits, vegetables and livestock. Sign up early and get the dates on your calendar. To register, click http://web...

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MARKETREADY: LEARNING TO CONNECT WITH COMMERCIAL MARKETS

You are invited to attend the MarketReady: Learning to Connect with Commercial Markets program on Tuesday December 17, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at University of Illinois Extension Cook County, 2205 Enterprise Dr., Suite 501, Westchester, IL 60154. MarketReady is a program designed to help small and mid-sized producers understand the evolving commercial mark...

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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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