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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LAUNCHES NEWLY-DESIGNED LOGO AND BUY ILLINOIS CHALLENGE
The Buy Illinois Challenge encourages every Illinois household to dedicate $10 of their weekly grocery budget to the purchase of Illinois products. If every household made this pledge, it would generate more than $2.4 billion a year for the Illinois economy. Residents can go online at http://www.buyillinoischallenge.com/ to take the pledge today.
The first half of 2012 was the sixth driest on record, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. The department has produced an online directory to help Illinois producers locate hay if their pastures have been badly damaged by drought and they have no feed for their livestock. The department also is an active participant on the Drought Response Task Force. Letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack
CANDIDATES FOR THREE ILLINOIS COMMODITY BOARDS ANNOUNCED
The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the candidates vying for seats on three commodity boards. Producers will vote July 10 to determine members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board and the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.
JULY IS SENIOR CELEBRATION MONTH AT THE ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS' MARKET
Through a collaboration of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Springfield Clinic and AARP, activities designed to appeal to senior citizens have been planned throughout the month, including health screenings, musical entertainment, special senior discounts and Illinois Products Bingo.
SIMON: FEDERAL GRANT EXPANDS LINK ACCESS AT FARMERS' MARKETS
Illinois markets must apply by July 9 for free wireless Link, debit machines
Up to 150 Illinois farmers' markets could receive free wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards. The Illinois Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Wireless Project aims to expand access to fresh produce for low-income residents and boost the sale of locally grown food across the state. Webinar powerpoint presentation Archived Webinar
Pension and Medicaid Reform
Support is growing in the agricultural community for pension and Medicaid reform. Click here to see the organizations that have endorsed Governor Quinn's plans to rescue these two programs, stabilize the state budget and strengthen economic growth. To learn more about these plans and what you can do to join the reform effort, go to SaveOurState.illinois.gov.
IDOA SCHEDULES CLEAN SWEEP COLLECTION IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Program will safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides
Residents of Boone, DeKalb, Kane, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Pesticide Clean Sweep program.
THOUSAND CANKERS DISEASE AND THE WALNUT TWIG BEETLE
In response to the Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) threat, on February 1, 2012, the Governor
of the State of Illinois issued a proclamation which established a regulatory framework
to protect the walnut resource of the state. The proclamation restricts the movement
of certain regulated articles into or through Illinois and establishes a process by which
individuals and businesses can continue to move those articles without endangering the
state's walnut resource.
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
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/
ILLINOIS EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE EXPANDED
Quarantine now includes nearly 40 percent of the state
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has added all of 14 counties and part of two others to its emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine.
ARE YOU READY AG?
Fire, flood, feed contamination, foot-and-mouth disease. Farm and ranch disasters can come without warning. Is your crop, livestock or poultry operation secure? Is it biosecure?
|CENTENNIAL 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.
Included are the 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.
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 INFORMATION|
Agriculture Department stresses education in preparation for possible rust outbreak
|HAY 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.
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 premise that handles livestock and poultry
In 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.
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