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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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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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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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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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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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On-Farm Composting Workshop Deadline Sept 3

On-Farm Composting Workshop Date and Time: September 10, 2013 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Location: DeKalb County Center for Agriculture 1350 W. Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL 60178 WHO SHOULD ATTEND Livestock producers looking for alternative manure management i...

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On-Farm Composting Workshop Sept 10

On-Farm Composting Workshop Date and Time: September 10, 2013 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Location: DeKalb County Center for Agriculture 1350 W. Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL 60178 WHO SHOULD ATTEND Livestock producers looking for alternative manure management i...

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New Small Farm Website

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

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Large Scale On-farm Composting May 28

Tuesday, May 28 at Tempel Organic Farm in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. All those interested in large-scale composting are encouraged to attend. For more information go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/calendar_event.cfm?ID=61748 WHO SHOULD ATTEND Livestock producers looking for alternative ma...

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Farm Composting Workshop May 21

Farm Composting Workshop May 21 Date and Time: May 21, 2013 Location: Western Illinois University Livestock Center WIU Campus Macomb, IL 61455 Livestock producers, horse owners and stable operators looking for manure management options are encouraged to attend a composting w...

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On-Farm Composting Workshop/Field Day May 28, Lake Co

On-Farm Composting Workshop/Field Day Date and Time: May 21, 2013 Location: Tempel Farms 17970 Millburn Road Old Mill Creek, IL 60072 Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois are presenting an on-farm composting workshop for livestock producers looking for alterna...

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