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University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

Macon County
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

DeWitt County
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: 217-935-5764
FAX: 217-935-8932
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Piatt County
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Illinois Extension Free Webinars Aim to Enhance Small Farm Productions

DECATUR – Small farms make up 88% of all farming operations across the U.S. according to the USDA. This winter, University of Illinois Extension is working to help the small farm community grow with a weekly Small Farms Winter Webinar Series. These free, one-hour presentations will provide local food producers practical knowledge on leading practices in new and emerging topics that will help their operations improve profitability and sustainability.

“Each year, we try to determine topics for small farms that will help them grow a new crop, expand their operation, and implement new management practices,” said Grant McCarty, Local Foods Systems and Small Farms educator for Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. “You can register online to listen to all of them or pick and choose.

Tomato production, agroforestry, industrial hemp production, bee keeping and digital marketing are some of the topics covered in the 2019 series. Sessions are every Thursday noon to 1 p.m. now through April 4.

To listen to the webinars, participants must sign up at and a link will be sent to their email. On the Thursday of that webinar, participants will sign in remotely from a home computer, tablet or smart phone using the link. You can also watch the videos once they are posted on YouTube at For more information, contact Doug Gucker at (217) 877-6042 or

Webinar schedule:
• February 7 – Five Years In: What Do We Know About Growing and Processing Industrial Hemp?
• February 14 – Intro to Digital Marketing in the Local Food System
• February 21 – FSMA Produce Safety Exemptions and Guidance
• February 28 – Maximizing your Production: Succession and Companion Planting
• March 7 – Health Soil Produces Healthy Vegetables
• March 14 – The Best Practices for Maintaining Healthy Bee Hives
• March 21 – Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife
• March 28 – Agroforestry for Diversification on Small Scale Farms
• April 4 – ABCs of Tomato Production

The Local Food Systems and Small Farms program is a branch of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information about agriculture health and safety, environmentally and economically sound pest control and improving profitability and sustainability. More information is available at or follow educator Doug Gucker on Twitter @SoilWaterDoug.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (815) 986-4357.

Local Contact: Douglas B. Gucker, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,