On-Farm Composting Workshop on September 10

University of Illinois Extension in conjunction with Illinois State University, the Department of Agriculture, and funded through a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, is offering an On-Farm Composting Workshop and Field Day on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Sycamore, Ill. The field day will go from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., […]

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 […]

Spring 2013 Field Days

IOGA has the following field days scheduled for spring 2013: Getting Started with Treatment-Free Beekeeping May 18 at Acbees Apiaries near Waverly, IL 12:30 – 4:00 PM The Illinois Organic Growers Association and University of Illinois Extension are co-sponsoring a hands-on field day, Getting Started with Treatment-Free Beekeeping, on May 18, 2013, near Waverly, IL, […]

News from IL Organic Growers Association: Educational Events, Growers Sought, Land Available

Dear Illinois Organic Grower: We had a very successful conference Jan 10-11. Thanks to all who presented, attended workshops, came to our annual meeting, and/or stopped by our booth. Annual meeting notes will be sent out next week. In the meantime, here are some more upcoming events, people looking for organic producers, and other items […]

eOrganic webinars in January

New Webinars in January: Ancient Grains, Organic System Plans, Pecan and Peach, GMO Crops Register now for new eOrganic webinars in January! Advance registration is required, and the webinars are free and open to the public. Topics include ancient grains, developing an organic system plan for row crops, pest and disease control in pecan and […]

NRCS Accepting Applications for Conservation Funds

From USDA. Note that part of the funding is reserved for organic producers, certified or not: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental […]

Organic Track at IL Specialty Growers, Agritourism, and Organic Conference Jan 10-11, 2013

Come join us at the IL Specialty Growers, Agritourism, and Organic Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield on January 10-11, 2013. Below are descriptions of the sessions in the two organic tracks. Click for a full conference program including times, non-organic sessions, and January 9 pre-conference workshops. Submit this form by December 28, […]