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Bill Davison
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-232-9006




  • Amending Soils in the Organic Dairy Pasture
    Webinar recorded on June 27, 2013. In this webinar, Dr. Cindy Daley will describe a long-term soil remediation field trial designed at the University Farm to study the effects of a basic soil amendment program on forage quality and yield, with an emphasis on the economic return that would result from added milk production.

  • Driftwatch - National Speciality Crop Site Registry
    DriftWatch™ is a tool for identifying specialty crop sites and to further enhance communications between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators that promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects that sometimes occur from spray operations.

  • Find Financial Resources for Organic Farmers
    USDA offers several programs that help organic farmers and ranchers meet the natural resources conservation requirements of organic agriculture. Take a look at the list below and review our Organic Resource Guide (PDF, 1.8MB) to find programs that will work for you.

  • Local Food Time Ticker PDF

  • Organic Ag Info
    Quickly find almost every kind organic product possible. Search for local organic food, clothing & more.

  • Organic Broadcaster
    Bi-monthly farmer-focused news Read about organic production on other farms, and find out what's happening in the organic world.

  • Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator
    This free online tool compares the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost. Use this Excel Calculator to develop well balanced and cost effective nutrient management programs for your farm. Developed by Nick Andrews, Dan Sullivan, Jim Julian and Kristin Pool from Oregon State University

  • Organic Labeling at Farmer's Markets PDF
    The Organic Labeling at Farmer's Markets fact sheet can help farmers market vendors and community supported agriculture (CSA) operations properly market organic fruits, vegetables, or livestock products to consumers who are looking for fresh, locally sourced foods. It helps market participants understand the organic requirements, and know when organic certification is required. Finally, the fact sheet points to the Organic Literacy Initiative for additional information on organic regulations and certification.

  • Pollinator Management for Organic Seed Producers
    More than 80% of the world's flowering plants depend upon insect pollinators to produce seed; this includes more than two thirds of all agricultural plants. Because of this, bees and other pollinators are an obvious concern for seed producers. Organic seed producers may be particularly interested in the role of pollinators, especially when confronted by the risk of genetic contamination of their crops (such as by the accidental movement of genetically modified crop pollen). Understanding the role and diversity of seed crop pollinators, and strategies for reducing pollen movement between organic and conventional farms, can help ensure the survival of a robust organic seed industry. Written by Eric Mader and Jennifer Hopwood. Review provided by Organic Seed Alliance.

  • Robust Results From Long Term Research On Organic Cover Crops
    USDA Agricultural Research Publication - Feb 2013. Eric Brennan - USDA-ARS Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit, Salinas, CA.

  • Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers
    Publication by Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho.

  • Soil Testing Labs
    This list is provided for your reference. Call for current fees and services.

  • Tri-State Organic Series
    The Tri-State Organic Series brought educational programs about organic farming to over 20 sites in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio using interactive video over the internet. The series was sponsored by Cooperative Extension Services at Purdue University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Michigan State University, and also supported by funding from USDA's Risk Management Agency and NCR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

  • Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory
    The Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory provides information about certification agencies, suppliers, buyers, processors, consultants, publications and events in seven states: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

  • USDA Organic Literacy Initiative
    The Organic Literacy Initiative connects current and prospective organic farmers, ranchers, and processors with USDA resources. Available resources include Organic 101 training for the public and for USDA staff; "Is Organic An Option For Me?" brochure for farmers, ranchers and businesses; a USDA Organic Resource Guide 2012" to USDA programs; and the USDA Blog that highlights organic topics.

  • USDA Organics - One-Stop-Shop
    USDA has created a centralized web resource center at for all the programs, services, and data we have that support organic agriculture.

  • What is Organic Food and Why Should I Care? PDF
    This publication explains USDA National Organic Program requirements in simplified terms. It also presents footnoted summaries of scientific studies about the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming.