University of Illinois Extension

Archives for February 2012

February 23, 2012

Richard Hentschel interviews Dru Banks, Extension nutrition and wellness educator about recent changes in Illinois implemented by our leaders in Springfield. Governor Quinn signed the Illinois Cottage Food Operations Act of 2011 last August and it took affect January of this year. The new act will make it easier for families to sell certain kinds of food prepared in the home at local farmers markets.

 
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February 16, 2012

Richard Hentschel interviews Dru Banks, nutrition and wellness educator about recent changes in Illinois implemented by our leaders in Washington, D.C. Dru discusses the new FDA Food Modernization Act of 2010. Some of the changes included how homemakers can find out about food recalls and how food labels will be changing.

 
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February 9, 2012

Richard Hentschel covers the connection between annual pruning and fruit thinning. Annual pruning besides controlling plant size allows the gardener to manage the trees health. Proper pruning allows for better air and sunlight throughout the canopy, providing flowers and fruit to form within the entire canopy. Fruit thinning promotes annual bearing and a better quality and size of apples each year.

 
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February 2, 2012

Richard Hentschel discusses the benefits of proper annual pruning to balance leaf growth against flower and fruit production. Regardless of the kind of apple tree planted, annual pruning will maintain the tree and provide you with a smaller tree. Spur type trees will require less pruning that a standard tree, but all benefit from annual pruning.

 
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