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    All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and the Natural Resources.
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    Connecting You with Your Food, Farmers and Community
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    The Illinois Pesticide Review provides concise information on legislation, regulations, and other developments directly impacting pesticide use in Illinois.
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    News from the Macon County Association for Home and Community Education
  • The Bulletin
    Weekly bulletins during the growing season, letting you know what problem pests to look for before they reach your field.
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Douglas B. Gucker
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms programming improves producer profitability and sustainability through demonstration and teaching focused on using best management strategies in all aspects of the local food production and sales.

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Featured Websites

Additional Websites

  • EZregs
    Making sense of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural regulations.
  • Cash Rents Podcast
    Dr. Gary Schnitkey is a professor and farm management specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois . His activities focus on farm management and risk management.
  • Integrated Pest Management
    Comprehensive approach to controlling insects, weeds, and plant pathogens with environmentally and economically sound practices.
  • Living with Wildlife in Illinois
    This website provides residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois wildlife.
  • Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
    The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center is the largest experiment station of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
  • Weekly Outlook
    Weekly Outlook is issued each Monday and addresses current and prospective developments in crop and livestock markets.

Local Resources and Information

  • Helpful Home Fruit Tree Pruning Resources PDF
    A list of helpful publications and videos to guide you through pruning your first fruit trees.

  • Multifunctional Perennial Cropping Systems - Supplemental Design Information PDF
    MPCs are an agricultural system integrating various trees, shrubs, and perennial herbaceous plants to produce high-value food products and ecosystem services. These systems are designed to target the marginal lands of farms where productivity is limited. MPCs include many traditional conservation practices such as windbreaks, hedgerows, alley cropping, riparian buffers, and bioenergy/biomass production.

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