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COMMUNITY GARDEN TO RETURN FOR SIXTH SEASON ON THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
A meeting has been scheduled March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for new and returning gardeners.  The meeting will be held in the IDOA Auditorium, located at the corner of Sangamon Ave. and 8th St. on the Illinois State Fairgrounds inside Gate 11.  Weather permitting, the garden will open April 1.
Specialty CropGrants logoILLINOIS SPECIALTY CROP GRANT PROGRAM
The Illinois Department of Agriculture received specialty crop block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Specialty Crop Block Grant - Farm Bill. A portion of those grant funds will be used to fund the Illinois Specialty Crop Grant Program. Through this program all Illinois specialty crop projects can apply for grant funds to help increase the competitiveness of the Illinois specialty crop industry.Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
The Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for qualified individuals who are interested in summer employment. Please download a copy of the summer application form. Completed form should be sent to Human Resource Office, IL Dept. of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281
NEW DU QUOIN STATE FAIR MANAGER SELECTED
Shannon Woodworth, 47, of West Frankfort, a 14-year veteran of the Du Quoin State Fair has been chosen as its manager.
ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE EXPANDS COLLABORATIONS WITH MEXICO
To promote collaboration and create opportunities for expanded trade between Mexico and Illinois, the University of Illinois has established an official partnership with the Universidad Autonomous del Estado de Mexico (UAEM) and the Mexican-based Foundation for Regional Development and Competitiveness (FUNDECO).
IDOA INVITES FARMERS TO ATTEND CONSERVATION CROPPING SEMINARS
The series begins Jan. 28 at the Mendota Civic Center.  Other seminars will be held Feb. 27 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Mt. Vernon and March 13 at Heartland Community College in Normal.
IDOA AWARDED SPECIALTY CROP GRANT FUNDS
Funds will expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen state's farm economy

Illinois will receive nearly $540,000 through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to fund 12 projects.
GOVERNOR QUINN LAUNCHES STATEWIDE COVER CROP DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
Initiative Aims to Improve Water Quality, Control Erosion and Increase Yields

New plant varieties and new production techniques have been discovered that eliminate many of the problems that farmers who planted cover crops in the 1980s and 90s experienced.
COMPASSIONATE USE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS PILOT PROJECT ACT

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The Department of Agriculture is charged with registering and regulating the 22 cultivation centers allowed in the law. The Department has 120 days from the effective date (January 1) to write the rules and criteria that will apply to these facilities. The proposed rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for review and public comment. The JCAR review and approval process will then follow state law, including public comment, and typically will take 3 or 4 months. The Department will not accept applications for a cultivation center license until the rules are final, most likely during the fall of 2014. Further information on the Act (410 ILCS 130), including the full text can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website (ilga.gov). Also at this site is a link to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules which explains its role and procedures.

UPDATE-- Draft IDOA Medical Cannabis Program Rules Posted for Public Comment
The Department has posted online draft administrative rules for the public to consider.  Comments and suggested changes to the draft rules are welcome and encouraged, and should be sent electronically to agr.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov by Thursday, February 27th. When commenting on the rules, please include the page number and section number of the rule upon which you are commenting. 

Comments may also be submitted by mail to: 

Illinois Department of Agriculture
State Fairgrounds
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281

Attn: General Counsel

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

Further information about the Act and the roles of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may be found at mcpp.illinois.gov.

If you have comments, suggestions or more detailed inquiries please direct them to agr.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov. Additionally, when sending an email, please leave your name and address for a more prompt response.
EAB DISCOVERED IN NEW ILLINOIS COUNTY
A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County, the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border.
IDOA AND AG INDUSTRY PARTNER TO PROVIDE WEB-BASED ANHYDROUS AMMONIA SAFETY TRAINING
The department and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) jointly provide training programs for employees of retail anhydrous ammonia facilities, who are required to be trained every three years. But to address the critical need to improve ammonia safety when farmers are handling the product, the department, IFCA, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) collaborated to develop a detailed web- based training program for farmers.
Illinois Where fresh is logo grantsILLINOIS "WHERE FRESH IS" LOGO AND BRANDING CAMPAIGN
The Illinois Where Fresh Is logo is part of a marketing campaign that can be used to help identify and sell Illinois grown produce throughout Illinois. As part of a grant, 200 grocery stores and 100 Farmers' markets located in Illinois will be selected across the state through an application process to receive a starter pack of point of sale materials. Grocery Store Application   Farmers' Market Application

MYCOTOXIN SURVEY
Included are the 2013 corn vomitoxin, 2013 corn aflatoxin, 2013 corn fumonisin, 2013 wheat vomitoxin, 2012 corn aflatoxin, 2012 wheat vomitoxin, 2012 corn fumonisin, 2012 corn vomitoxin, 2011 corn aflatoxin, 2011 corn fumonisin, 2011 corn vomitoxin, 2011 wheat vomitoxin, 2010 corn aflatoxin, 2010 corn fumonisin, and 2010 corn vomitoxin maps. Also included is the letter sent to all feed mills in Illinois.
Pet Food as a
Business BrochurePET FOOD AS A BUSINESS BROCHURE
A Regulatory Guide for the Cottage Industry

Anyone who wishes to make homemade pet food for distribution must also comply with these requirements and follow rules on pet food labeling.

PROMOTE YOUR AGRIBUSINESS COMPANY
In an ongoing effort to promote the Illinois food and agribusiness industry within the global marketplace, The Illinois Department of Agriculture (DOA)'s Bureau of Marketing has launched various promotional services through several regional and national expositions, promotions, seminars, and industry tours. In addition, the DOA maintains foreign offices in Hong Kong and Mexico to assist Illinois companies overseas. Illinois is also a member of the twelve-state Food Export Association-Midwest. By utilizing this private, non-profit association, DOA is positioned to increase international exports in addition to the state-sponsored Food Export activities. For interested agribusiness owners, the full list of details may be found at www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/
Centennial and Sesquicentennial farmsCENTENNIAL FARM AND SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAMS
These programs honor generations of farmers who have worked to maintain family farms in Illinois. Search though our database to see farms in Illinois or download a form to get your family farm registered.

NEW ANHYDROUS AMMONIA SAFETY VIDEO AVAILABLE
Because of the potentially hazardous nature of anhydrous ammonia, the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) have produced a 12-minute video outlining the proper safety procedures that famers should take each and every time they handle the product. watch the Video
Soybean rust picSOYBEAN RUST INFORMATION
Agriculture Department stresses education in preparation for possible rust outbreak

 Soybean Rust Program
About the Program
Scouting for Asian Soybean Rust Training
Fungicide:
  • Understanding Fungicide Modes of Action
  • Techniques for Spraying Fungicides
  • Fungicides
  • Crop Insurance & Soybean Rust
    Links:
    USDA Soybean Rust, Illinois Soybean Rust Information Center, StopSoybeanRust.com, Soybean Rust.com, News Alerts

  • pic of hay balesHAY AND STRAW DIRECTORY
    The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Hay & Straw Directory is provided as a service to hay producers and buyers. This new interactive system will allow sellers to update their own listings in our continuing effort to include all Illinois hay producers who direct market their hay.

    NURSERY PROGRAM NOW ON-LINE
    The nursery program inspection staff of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Environmental Programs inspects and certifies nearly 1,200 nurseries in Illinois each year.
    Marketing NEW FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS GUIDE
    As a leading resource and advocate for agriculture within the state of Illinois, we have developed a new website to enhance and promote businesses which produce, process, package or are headquartered in Illinois.

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STARTS WORK ON ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
    First step is to identify every premises that handles livestock and poultry
    Illinois Premise IDIn an ongoing effort to ensure safety in the food supply, the state Department of Agriculture has begun the difficult, but important task of identifying every farm, feedlot, sales barn and slaughter facility in Illinois that handles food animals.
    Register On-line
    Crop report and Market NewsDAILY GRAIN AND LIVESTOCK AUDIO REPORTS/ WEEKLY SUMMARIES
    The Department of Agriculture is now providing daily mp3 audio reports of the grain and livestock markets on-line. You can find these reports by clicking the Market Reports link in the brown bar directly above.

     

    Agriculture Events
    State Fairgrounds

     ILLINOIS PRODUCTS EXPO
March 1-2, 2014, Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
    Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day
    Illinois State Fair August 8-18, 2013 webpage
    Duquoin State Fair August 23 - September 2, 2013 webpage
    Illinois Products Farmer's Markets
    Illinois Products Merchandise
     Illinois Food and Agribusiness guide
    Farmer's Markets in Illinois
    Illinois State Fairgrounds, non=Fair events webpage
    On-line Livestock Import Permt
    Gypsy Moth in Illinois
     Emerald Ash Borer
    Community Garden, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
    Thouand Cankersc Walnut Disease
     Premise ID
    Illinois Farm Programs
    Driftwatch, Pesticide Sensitive Crops and Habitats Registry
    Aerial Pesticide Application
    International visitors information for the 2013 farm progress show
    Agfricultural Happenings in Illinois
    Soybean Rust
     MethNet, Joining force against meth
    Avian Influenza (bird flu)
    Illinois Amber Alert National Center For Missing And Exploited Children
    Ready Illinois Emergency Preparedness website
    Green IT Challenge

    International Quarter Horse Show, Apr 17 - 19, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Coliseum, Coliseum Covered Arena W/ Coliseum, Barn 13 With Coliseum
    Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Daily
    Admission: Free
    c/o Mark Harrell (618)407-3221

    Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt, Sat, Apr 19, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds
    c/o Jim Dimitroff 618-318-1629

    Purple Ribbon Showcase - Boer Goat Sale, Sat, Apr 19, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Livestock Center - Dnstairs Ring, Livestock Center - Exhibit/tie Out
    Admission: Free
    Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    c/o Kerianne Short

    March for Babies, Sat, Apr 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building
    Admission: TBD
    Time: 9:00am - Noon
    c/o Shannon Mathis

    Ani-Mall Pet Expo, Sat, Apr 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Exposition Building
    Admission: Donation to Animal Shelters
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    c/o Dave Carter (217)467-2831

    Country Treasure Craft Show, Apr 26 - 27, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building Main Floor
    Admission: Adults $2.00
    Children under 12: Free
    Time: Sat.: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun.: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    c/o Cara Severit

    Illinois Railsplitters, Apr 26 - 28, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, North Pavillion Campgrounds
    Campoutc/o Sharla Funk

    Annual Native Plant Sale, Sat, Apr 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Commodity Pavilion
    Admission: Free
    Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    c/o Mary Ring

    Cutting Horse Show , May 2 - 4, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Horse Show Arena
    c/o Tami Rocke 217-521-4420

    Spa & Swim Spa Show, May 2 - 4, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building Main Floor
    Admission: Free
    Friday: Noon - 8:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
    c/o Matthew Eger

    Carousel Connection Dressage Show, May 3 - 4, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Coliseum, Coliseum Covered Arena W/ Coliseum
    Admission: Free
    8:00am - 4:00pm Daily
    c/o Lorna Donahue

    Electronics Recycling, Sat, May 3, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Parking Lot #21
    Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
    c/o Gail O'Neil (217)535-3100

    Springfield Civic Garden Club Plant Sale, Sat, May 3, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Tech Town
    Admission: Free
    Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    c/o Carol Green

    Flea Market, Sun, May 4, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
    $1.50
    8:30am
    4:30pm
    c/o John Crouch

    Ill Department of Ag Leadership , Wed, May 7, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, 1st and 2nd Heat
    c/o Karen Fraase

    Illinois Products Farmers' Market, Thu, May 8, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Commodity Pavilion
    Admission: Free
    Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    c/o Kendra Schilling (217)524-3297

    Archview Stables Miniature Horse Show, May 10 - 11, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Horse Show Arena

    Seth Clark, Sat, May 10, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, 2nd Heat


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