illinois department of agriculture

Walnut Twig Beetle
6:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Insect Threatens Black Walnut Trees

A side view of the Walnut Twig Beetle
Credit Jim LaBonte, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Black walnut trees can grow to 75 feet tall, yet they are at risk from an insect about the size of a pencil tip.

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Decisions by Year’s End
12:37 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Stiff Competition for Medical Marijuana Licenses

Cannabis plants
Credit Wiki Commons

There is plenty of competition for licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois as part of the state’s Cannabis Pilot Program.

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Crops In Good Condition Throughout The Region
9:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

July's Mild Temperatures Benefit Crops

Crops in Western Illinois Remain in Good Condition
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

This summer's cooler than average temperatures are keeping crops in good condition.

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Family Raises Show Pigs
9:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

WIU Professor Sells Boar for World Record Prize

Credit www.enasco.com

A Western Illinois University professor has turned a moment from his childhood into a family passion.

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Illinois' State Fair
9:13 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:52 am

  Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit -- and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer.

The audit found that both the fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin overcharged entrance fees for horses.

But the Department of Agriculture says it's a consequence of the state contributing 200-thousand dollars $200,000 less toward the purse.

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Kids Learn to be Urban Farmers
9:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

"Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town

The Farm to Fork camp at Knox's Urban Farm.
SSS

In a small classroom at Knox College, a group of kids sat in a circle of tables, surrounded by seed catalogs and marked up sheets of paper.

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Recycles the plastic into new products
2:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Illinois Co-ops Recycle Pesticide Containers

The program recycles the jugs into fence posts and shipping pallets.
Credit www.nwnyteam.org

As farmers turn from planting their crops to keeping weeds and pests in check, they rely on herbicides and pesticides.

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Where Fresh Is
5:47 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Illinois Promoting Local Foods

"Buy Illinois!" That's the message the state's Department of Agriculture has for consumers.

The state is promoting the idea by encouraging grocery stores and farmers' markets to take part in its new "Where Fresh Is" campaign.

Jennifer Tirey of the Agriculture Department said Illinois shoppers are more inclined to buy food if they know it's grown on Illinois farms. 

"It's always great to be a fan, a consumer, a purchaser of those locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables," said Tirey.

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Owner had one year to get permit
10:17 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Shamrock Acres Doesn't Meet Deadline

Large-scale hog farm

Owner Larry O'Hern had one year to complete the permitting process for Shamrock Acres.  He did not meet the deadline.

The facilty would have housed up to 18,000 hog at a time. It would have been built in southeastern McDonough County.

Warren Goetsch is the bureau chief of environmental programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

He says, “We had issued an additional information request, I believe it was around the 7th of November, and did not receive a response.”

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More info
3:44 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Hog Farm Permit will be Delayed

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is holding up a proposed large-scale hog farm in northeast Hancock County.

Junction Acres would be home to up to 18,000 pigs a year. It would be built near LaCrosse.

The deadline for the permit was March 3rd. The department instead requested the construction plans and the animal waste-handling plan.

Walter Goetsch is the Ag Department's Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. He said the information is often not part of the original notice of intent to construct.

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