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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

22nd Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

22nd Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference announced for Rockford

Area fruit and vegetable growers will be able to hear about seasonal crop and pest updates this February at the 22nd Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in Rockford.

“Our regional fruit and vegetable farms depend on campus resources and information to make the right decision in preparing for their upcoming season. University of Illinois Extension specialists will join us yet again this year to provide valuable updates on diseases, insects, and production practices”, states Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Extension Educator. “We’ll also be joined by Dr. Christelle Guedot from University of Wisconsin - Madison who will provide an update on Spotted Wing Drosophilia, which is an invasive insect on fruits.”  Dr. Guedot is the Fruit Crop Entomologist and Extension Specialist who focuses on integrated pollinator and pest management in fruit crops. 

The 22nd Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference will be held on Monday, February 5th from 9:00-2:00PM at Midway Village (6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, Illinois). The registration fee is $40 per person, $30 for additional employees of the same farm. This includes a keynote, choice of three breakouts, lunch, and handouts. An early-bird discount of $5/person for all participants who register before January 16th is available.

For more information or to register, please visit or call 815-986-4357.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program please contact the Winnebago County Extension Office at 815-986-4357.

Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,

Local Contact: Samantha Burbach, Program Coordinator,