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Crop Cycle

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The Illinois Organic Growers Association will be hosting a bike-to-farm tour event this fall in Champaign County. Take a ride through 7 organic farms and experience the beautiful views of the countryside, enjoy fresh food and meet the farmers behind it all. Increasing your knowledge about organic and sustainable agricultural practices is just another added […]

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Webinar to Explore Benefits of Divers...

Webinar to Explore Benefits of Diversity in Whole-Farm Revenue Crop Insurance

A free webinar on “The Benefits of Diversity: Another Look at Whole-Farm Revenue Protection in Iowa and Midwest” will be held Thursday, May 21, from 12 to 1 p.m.(CST), offered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. The webinar’s focus will be on how WFRP may improve coverage and lower insurance cost for field crop […]

Don’t Miss Out on the 2015 Valu...

Don’t Miss Out on the 2015 Value-Added Producer Grant!

The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program expects to announce a call for applications this April!  This is a great opportunity to plan a value-added business or to help fund early stage working capital expenses.   Grants of up to $75,000 for business planning and up to $200,000 for working capital were made last year. “Value-added” is defined quite […]

Grow some Grain, Save some Seeds, Be ...

Grow some Grain, Save some Seeds, Be a part of the Movement.

You can be a part of an effort to increase the diversity, resilience and flavor of our local food system! The Normal Seed Library and Grand Prairie Grain Guild are looking for a few good gardeners and farmers to help grow out rare seeds.   This growing season is their first opportunity to start variety […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Rewa...

Conservation Stewardship Program Rewards Organic Farming and Transition: Registration Extended to March 13th!

CSP rewards producers for the conservation and environmental benefits they produce on their working agricultural lands; all private agricultural land, including cropland, pasture, and rangeland, is eligible to enroll in CSP.  Additionally, the variety of conservation practices and program rules have been expanded this year to better represent a more diverse type of applicant in […]

IL Specialty Growers, Agritourism, an...

IL Specialty Growers, Agritourism, and Organic Conference Information

Important Information Regarding the ILLINOIS SPECIALTY GROWERS, AGRITOURISM, AND ORGANIC CONFERENCE on January 7 – 9, 2015 in Springfield, IL: There are two Organic tracks on the 8th and 9th, which include a myriad of topics including Grain production, Sundry issues, Vegetable production, Fruit production, Soil and Fertility, and Livestock and Forage systems.  If you have been looking […]

Season Extension Resources

Season Extension Resources

It’s the time of the year when organic farmers are tucking in beds into cover crop as they’re harvested and planting seedlings for winter and early spring sales.  With innovation and planning, Illinois farmers are able to extend their season and even grow year-round inside hoop structures.  Whether you call them “high tunnels”, “hoophouses”, “greenhouses” […]