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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Small Farms Webinar Series

Extension Small Farm webinars this Winter! Mark your calendars for a FREE series of small farm webinars coming up soon! The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly on-line educational series presented by University of Illinois Extension for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. Th...

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Illinois Specialty Crop Growers Conference

In the dead of winter there is still much that can be done to prepare for the coming season. Supplemental education is one thing growers can do to help improve the success of their farm operations. This January, the Illinois Specialty Growers Association and its partners, including University of Illinois Extension will host The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference Jan. 9...

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TWO COUNTIES ADDED TO STATE EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

TWO COUNTIES ADDED TO STATE EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture has added two, new counties to its existing 39-county emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine. The boundary expansion became necessary this fall after infestations of the tree-killing beetle were confirmed for the first time in Henry and Knox counties....

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Phragmites

PHRAGMITES Common reed grass ( Phragmites australis) has been identified as widespread exotic invasive threatening prairies and wet areas throughout the state, says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Common reed grass is labeled as an invasive species for the reason that it out-competes native species, decreases diversity impor...

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Article about Kelly Allsup

Kelly Allsup is your University of Illinois Horticulture Educator serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties. Her program focuses on five areas -protecting and appreciating the environment -growing and accessing adequate food to prevent hunger -positive youth development -Master Gardener training and leadership -Master Naturalist training and leader...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Not all Stink bugs are created the same URBANA - Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, states Illinoisans' need to take steps to prepare for the invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug. Brown marmorated stink bugs, Halyomorpha halys are on the 2012 Most "Unwanted" Invasive Pest list created by the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program. Brown marmorated stink bu...

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Doug Tallamy lists 10 most valuable woody plants in supporting biodiversity

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Quercus –Oaks support an astounding 543 species of Lepidoptera, including Polyphemus and Imperial moths, Banded Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, White M Hairstreak, Juvenal's Duskywing, and Horace's Duskywing. There are about 60 native species of Oak in the United States, which are divided into two groups: the white oaks, and the red oaks. Prunus –...

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Preparing a New Generation of Illinois Fruit and Veggie Farmers

The age of farmers in this country is top-heavy, with older farmers far outnumbering the younger farmers, particularly that of fruit and vegetable growers. University of Illinois crop sciences professor Rick Weinzierl and co-workers recently received a grant from the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a three-year project to address this problem....

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First-Detector Tree-Pest Training from the U of I Plant Clinic

November 15, 2012 University of Illinois Extension announced that a first-detector training program focusing on tree pests will be offered at five locations in Illinois in February and March 2013. These courses will provide in-depth training on current and emerging pathogens and insects affecting Illinois trees. The target audience includes certified arborists, tree care professionals,...

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