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Small farms, local foods, alternative agriculture, acreages, sustainability
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Securing the Future of Your Farm

Illinois farmers are getting older. I guess everybody else is, too, but what I mean is that the average age of Illinois farmers increased to 57.8 years according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture . As a matter of fact, "70 years and over" was the 2 nd most...

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Winterizing Backyard Chickens

Chickens shouldn't wear sweaters. This should probably go without saying…but go ahead and Google it . The cold of the holiday season may be near, but those embarrassingly cute sweaters can actually...

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Avian Influenza, information for small flocks and backyard poultry

Unfortunately, bird flu is in the news again..and it's a serious concern for all poultry owners in the Mississippi Flyway , which includes Illinois. A strain of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), variant H5N2, has been discovered in numerous Midwestern states within the past month or so....

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Pilot crop insurance program for specialty crops and diversified farms

You probably already know that most conventional farmers purchase crop insurance to manage the risk that they face in planting and growing a crop each year...especially things like drought, flood, hail, and devastating pests or pathogens.  They have many policies and products to choose fr...

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