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Contact Us

Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
ljgeorge@illinois.edu

Webinars

Webinars

2015 -2016 Small Farm Webinars

  • Crop Production Planning
    Join Extension educator Zack Grant in an informational webinar on how to use spreadsheets to plan out your crop production year. If interested in the spreadsheets e-mail him at: zgrant2@illinois.edu

  • Farm Pond Ecology: Managing for Desirable Plants and Fish
    David Shiley, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension discusses pond fertility, sedimentation, controlling undesirable species in ponds, and managing for sustainable populations of desirable fish and plants.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act - Changes for Small Farms
    Presented by James Theuri, Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension.

  • Getting Your Beehives Ready for Spring
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker discusses how good spring hive management can set you up for better honey production later in the year. He talks about equipment, feeding, bee population dynamics, queens, and insect and varmint pests.

  • Growing Great Blackberries
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Bronwyn Aly discusses blackberry production, including site selection and preparation, cultivar selection and establishment, fertility, irrigation, pest management, pruning, training, and trellising.

  • Lambing & Kidding Season: Be Prepared!
    Lambing and kidding period is a very important time of year for the grazer, and for the animals too. It is important that both be well prepared for this exciting time of new arrivals. Preparations include proper birthing, health of ewe or doe, proper feeding and gathering necessary supplies. Proper prior preparation has a big impact on the success of your operation. Listen to veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Miller (University of Illinois alumnus) talking about important practices during lambing & kidding time.

  • Lean Farming: Cutting Waste and Maximizing Efficiency on Small Farms
    University of Illinois Extension Educator Zach Grant.

  • Lean Farming: Cutting Waste and Maximizing Efficiency on Small Farms - BONUS
    University of Illinois Extension Educator, Zach Grant. Cutting waste and maximizing efficiency, 20 minutes of bonus video

  • Managing Horse Pastures on Small Farms and Acreages
    Presentation by Jamie Washburn, Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension.

  • Producing Shiitake Mushrooms
    Grant McCarty, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension, discusses shiitake mushroom production - choosing spawn, selecting a growing medium, inoculation, tools, timing, and fruiting.

  • Raising Meat Birds on Pasture
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Andy Larson discusses raising meat birds (i.e. broilers and turkeys) on pasture, including selecting the best meat breeds, meat production efficiency, successful brooding, equipment and housing, nutrition, processing, budgeting, and marketing.

  • Setting Up a Grazing System on a Small Farm
    University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator Jay Solomon discusses grazing system design for small farms and acreages, including grazing goals and principles, grazing techniques, perimeter and interior fencing, and paddock sizing and layout.

  • Soils and Soil Fertility for Small Farms
    University of Illinois Extension Educator, Mike Roegge. Discusses soil types, soil fertility, soil quality, and soil improvement.

  • The Emerging Local Grain Economy in Illinois
    Presented by Bill Davison, Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension

  • Using Cover Crops on Small Farms
    University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Nathan Johanning discusses using cover crops on small farms, including benefits and challenges of cover crops, how to use cover crops in different types of cropping systems, how to choose which cover crops to use, how to successfully establish cover crops, and how to efficiently terminate cover crops.