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University of Illinois Extension serving Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren Counties

Knox County
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 309-342-5108
FAX: 309-342-1768
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed noon - 1 pm)

Henderson County
410 E. Main, PO Box 540
Stronghurst, IL 61480
Phone: 309-924-1163
FAX: 309-924-1164
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 8am-2pm and Thursday 8am-4:30pm

McDonough County
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed noon - 1 pm)

Warren County
1000 North Main Street
P.O. Box 227
Monmouth, IL 61462
Phone: 309-734-5161
FAX: 309-734-5532
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30pm (Closed noon to 1 pm)

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms


  • 2,4-D and Dicamba-Tolerant Crops
    The impending approval and use of soybean varieties that are tolerant of the herbicides 2,4-D and Dicamba has been generating some conversation and debate. Some facts to consider are presented in this article.

  • 2012 Weed Control Guide for Vegetable Crops
    Herbicide general information and weed control information by crop.

  • Building and Using Cold Frames
    A resource guide to using cold frames for extending the growing season.

  • Certified Livestock Manager Training
    URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension has scheduled workshops to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act. The 2018 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, held in 12 locations throughout the state, will begin Feb. 7, 2018, in Springfield and end March 14, 2018, back in Springfield. Please note that all workshops are concentrated in February, with only two workshops in March. Workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and will take 3 1/2 hours with the IDOA exam administered afterward. Workshop dates and locations are as follows: Feb. 7 - 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield Feb. 8 - 330 N. Buhrman, Nashville Feb. 13 - 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore Feb. 14 -210 W. Spring St., Freeport Feb. 15 - 307 S. Madison St., Morrison Feb. 20 - 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington Feb. 21 - 180 S. Soangetaha Rd., Galesburg Feb. 22 - 1301 E. Washington, Pittsfield Feb. 27 - 1209 North Wenthe Drive, Effingham Feb. 28 - 1163 North 4th Street, Breese March 1 - 1212 Route 14 West, Benton March 14 - State Fairgrounds, Springfield Each workshop will offer a general curriculum designed to keep producers current on the latest industry practices. The curriculum covers the basics of nutrient management as well as new technologies, research, and trends, so producers who have completed the training and are renewing their certification will benefit. The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures. For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, the employee must attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Certified Livestock Manager exam. Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification. Registration is now open. Call the University of Illinois at 217-244-9687 or register online. The cost is $35. If more than one employee from the same farm signs up, each additional registration will cost $25. Lunch will not be offered, but coffee and donuts will be provided. For additional questions about registration, contact Nancy Simpson at Employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes. Passing them is the equivalent of having attended a workshop, but does not substitute for passing the state administered Certified Livestock Manager exam. Registration is also open for the CLM Online Training Program. There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual. The workshops will use the instructional manual for the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum, which can be purchased for $67.50. Participants do not need a new manual if they have a 2003 or newer version. The manual is also available on a CD for $32.50. To purchase a manual, call 1-800-345-6087. The manual materials can also be accessed online. Producers are encouraged to preregister at least two weeks prior to ensure a seat for the session that fits their schedule. Advance registration also allows participants to receive a manual beforehand, which is important for those planning to take the written Illinois Department of Agriculture test to obtain their certification. For more information, please visit the Certified Livestock Managers Training webpage.

  • Illinois Direct Farm Business Guide
    A wealth of information on labor, liability, insurance, legal, and insurance issues.

  • Practical Farmers of Iowa- "Farminar" Series
    The most recent Farminars-web based educational training from the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)- are made possible with financial support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant.

  • Soils, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management

  • VeggieCompass-Crop Budgeting Tools
    Veggie Compass is a farm management tool for diversified fresh market vegetable growers. The system focuses upon a comprehensive spreadsheet designed to facilitate the analysis of farm records. Using cost, sales and labor data, the spreadsheet calculates the cost of production for each crop and the profitability of each market channel (e.g., CSA, farmers market, wholesale, retail).

  • Weed Identification Field Guide
    Iowa State tool used to identify a number of common weeds to the midwest.

  • WQAD TV video on garlic research in Monmouth

  • Yield Expectations for Mixed Stand, Small-Scale Agriculture
    Compares historical market garden yields with recent small-scale operation yields under modern conditions, and yields from current community gardens, gives insight into yield expectations.