Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms


This is where lots of great information is stored that did not fit in other categories!

  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
    The brown marmorated stink bug is advancing, yet its secrets are unraveling. Today a team of more than 50 researchers launched a website bringing its latest findings to growers in North America. The group is solving the mysteries of this pest that damages a huge range of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops. You'll find a photo identification guide and recommendations for how to control it. Connect to researchers' sites, send a specimen for identification, and report a sighting.

  • Cottage Food Bill - April 1, 2012
    Technical Information Bulletin 44A - Supplement for Q & A Bulletin

  • Cottage Food Bill - January 2, 2012
    Technical Information Bulletin - January 1, 2012

  • Cottage Food Bill - Q & A
    Questions and Answers

  • Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecasting Tool
    Designates areas of North America where cucurbit downy mildew has been found. Tool applies only to disease development from airborne transport of spores. Forecasting Service provided by North Carolina State University.

  • Early Spring Weeds of No-Till Crop Production

    U of I will begin a 3 year project funded by the USDA NIFA's Begining Farmer and Rancher Development Program to increase the number of commercial fruit and vegetable farmers in Illinois. The year long program will provide classroom and hands-on in-field instructions. High school, community college Ag teachers, and the general public are welcome to participate.

  • Iowa State University Extension
    Recorded Extension Webinar from July 2012 - on Livestock and Crop Options During Drought - topics include introduction and weather, crops, livestock management, economic considerations.

  • Local Food Directories - USDA
    USDA’s Local Food Directories are the gateway to locate local food retail and wholesale market outlets. The directories are a free service to help you find local food businesses. You can search for markets and operations according to zip code, product availability, payment method and even whether the market participates in Federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Farmers Market, CSA, Food Hub and On-farm Market Directories are now available for public viewing.

  • Marketing AgriTourism Online
    Free online course through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Entrepreneurship. Rural-based agriculture is perfectly placed to fulfill these wants. While those closer to an urban center and large populations allows for convenient and easy day trips, there are lots of examples of successful agritourism businesses being developed anywhere. With effective online marketing, there are no boundaries in being found or not having the perfect platform to tell their story. Participants can come and go at any point on the curriculum depending on their needs. Program available 24/7.

  • Palmer Amaranth Identified in West-Central Illinois

  • 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.

  • Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)
    Detections of SWD and larval damage is on the increase in Illinois. This article will address the SWD and offer control measures.

  • Taking Charge of your Online Presence - eTailing
    eTailing is effective in helping small niche-market businesses reach an audience that was once difficult to find or only gathered on rare occasions. Through eTailing - Taking Charge of Your Online Presence, small business owners can expand their geographical reach. Today, the marketplace for any business can be global in scope. The eTailing curriculum will help you: •Identify and reach your target audience •Create a user friendly web presence •Strengthen your site's search engine optimization •Understand what makes an effective landing page •Determine your online presence needs •Conduct business securely and safely •Learn from other small-business owners The way in which you build an online presence can vary, but you need to understand that it starts with a website and builds from there. Get started today. Presented by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entrepreneurship. Program available 24/7.

  • USDA New and Beginning Farmers Website
    Our diversity, youth engagement, and types of agriculture are all increasing, and growing the next generation of agriculture has never been more exciting or more urgent than it is right now. And as the average age of farmers and ranchers in America continues to rise, the question of how we build our bench in agriculture becomes ever more important. Here at USDA, we are working hard to make sure we are ready to meet the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. This web site is just the beginning. What will you find here?

  • Weed Identification Field Guide - Iowa State Univ
    Reference guide for identifying weeds in field crops

  • Weed Identification Key - Broadleaf and Grasses