Small Farms Fruit and vegetable updates for local producers Sun, 15 May 2005 13:02:08 -0500 Illinois turkeys Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:51:00 +0000 The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:37:00 +0000
Since its inception in May 2000, more than 33,000 loans have been issued for on-farm storage, increasing storage capacity by 900 million bushels.

A series of improvements have been developed to better tailor FSFLs to finance on-farm storage and handling for small and mid-sized farms. The changes also for the first time allow FSFLs to cover the structure and equipment required to get fruits and vegetables washed, treated and packed along with the cold storage that had been previously covered exclusively.

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Illinois Drift Watch Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:07:00 +0000

If you have sensitive crops, grow organically or have bees, it's time to update your profile for the coming year.

DriftWatch™ was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists. It is now operated by FieldWatch, Inc, a non-profit company created by Purdue in collaboration with interested agricultural stakeholder groups. For more information, visit

This DriftWatch registry tool is meant to help pesticide applicators and specialty crop growers communicate more effectively to promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects. Our data set is overseen by state-appointed stewards who verify each area submitted to the registry. The boundaries on the map are not property lines, but user-submitted sensitive area designations. Furthermore, DriftWatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or for sites less than half an acre in size.

This site features a powerful map interface that clearly shows applicators the locations of registered sensitive areas so they can use the information in their ongoing stewardship activities before they spray.

In addition to user-submitted sensitive crops, the map interface provides other data layers that give further insight into sensitive and protected areas, as well as help identify county/township/section jurisdicions.]]>
University of Illinois Plant Clinic Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Let the Plant CLinic help with your plant problems.

They do plant and insect identification, diagnosis of disease, insect, weed and chemical injury(chemical injury on field crops only), nematode assays, and help with nutrient related problems, as well as recommendations involving these diagnoses.

Contact the Plant Clinic for assistance
S-417 Turner Hall, 1102 S.Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

GAPs - Arturo Velesquez Institute Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:21:00 +0000 Do you garden, grow, or sell fresh produce? This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business.

"The workshop presents strategies for controlling potential contamination before planting and throughout all phases of planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling" said University of Illinois Extension Cook County local food systems and small farm educator Ellen Phillips.

Phillips said the workshop will be useful to fruit and vegetable growers, farmers' market vendors, and for non-profit organizations that grow food. When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) becomes operative, GAPs training will be even more important for those who market fresh produce.

Workshop Topics Include:

- What is GAPs and what are the produce safety impacts

- Water quality & testing

- Soil management/manure management

- Worker health & hygiene

- Post harvest produce handling

- Writing a Food Safety Plan

- Auditing farms for GAPs/food safety

Registration at 8:30am and the program begins at 9:00 am. The program concludes at 4:00pm. Box lunch is included.

Pre-Registration is required either online at or call Cook County Extension at 708-449-4320
Fee includes lunch, handouts and GAPs manual: $15 per person

DATE/ TIME: Tuesday, April 15

LOCATION: Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago IL 60608

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact Cook County Extension at 708-449-4320

Honey Prices Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:47:00 +0000 Released March 21, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service]]> How much land is there in ag? USDA 2012 Census Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:51:00 +0000 Between 2007 and 2012, the amount of land in farms in the United States continued a slow downward trend declining from 922 million acres to 915 million. This is only a decline of less than one percent and is the third smallest decline between censuses since 1950.

For more information about the Census, including access to current 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary report, additional materials and full final report when it is released in May, visit