Crop Cycle

            BELOW IS THE 2015 CROP CYCLE INFORMATION– Stay tuned for 2016 information! 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 […]

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, 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 […]

New Fact Sheet Available about Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

The Organic Labeling at Farmer’s Markets fact sheet brought to you by  the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program 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 […]

New Cover Crop Survey Shows Improved Corn and Soybean Yields Following Cover Crops During the 2012 Drought

From Sustainable Agriculture Research and Educations (SARE): A report has just been released with detailed results from a farmer survey on cover crops. The survey was carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with funding from the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. More than 750 farmers were […]

New Vision & Crop-Insurance Pricing

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently discussed his vision for U.S. organic agriculture and USDA efforts to ensure its continued success during remarks to the Organic Trade Association.  Among other items, he announced that new crop-insurance pricing options will be available to organic producers who grow crops under guaranteed contracts beginning with the 2014 crop year. Organic producers […]