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State of Illinois Announces Suspension of Deadline for Issuance of Adult-Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter Licenseshttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21761State of Illinois Announces Suspension of Deadline for Issuance of Adult-Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter Licenses6/30/2020 4:33:15 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced today the July 1st deadline for issuing adult-use cannabis craft grower, infuser and transporter licenses has been temporarily suspended. Due to the previous application deadline extension and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order to extend the deadline.
IDOA Announces Dates for Junior Livestock and Horse Showshttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21755IDOA Announces Dates for Junior Livestock and Horse Shows6/29/2020 4:03:23 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host junior livestock and horse shows providing Illinois’ youth with an opportunity to show their animals during an unprecedented show season.
New Grants Available to Support Dairy Entrepreneurship https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21721New Grants Available to Support Dairy Entrepreneurship 6/23/2020 5:21:01 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a newly announced program that will provide Midwestern dairy farmers and dairy-related businesses with financial and technical support.
2020 Commodity Board Elections Will Take Place by Mailhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=217002020 Commodity Board Elections Will Take Place by Mail6/18/2020 6:18:51 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board (ISPOB) district director elections will take place by mail this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT TO OCCUR LATE JUNE, WEATHER PERMITTINGhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21694GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT TO OCCUR LATE JUNE, WEATHER PERMITTING6/17/2020 6:00:15 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to begin treating parts of northern Illinois for the destructive Gypsy Moth approximately June 25th & 26th, weather permitting. Each year, the Department works with the United States Forest Service to treat for this destructive pest.
Farmer's Market Set to Open on Illinois State Fairgroundshttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21689Farmer's Market Set to Open on Illinois State Fairgrounds6/16/2020 6:10:24 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will open the Illinois Products Farmers’ Market on Thursday, June 18th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures put in place patrons will see some changes in this years’ market.
Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs Cancelled Due to COVID-19https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21673Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs Cancelled Due to COVID-196/12/2020 5:57:08 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker will issue an Executive Order cancelling the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs this year. The announcement of the cancellations has prompted the Department of Agriculture to offer a safe, creative way to ensure youth exhibitors still get a chance to showcase their hard work. The annual State Fairs, which attracted over 600,000 visitors combined in 2019, will return in August 2021.
Public Health Alert Issued for Ground Beef Sold at Macoupin County Establishmenthttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21676Public Health Alert Issued for Ground Beef Sold at Macoupin County Establishment6/12/2020 11:16:27 PMSpringfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is issuing a public health alert due to an undetermined amount of ground beef product prepared under custom exemption that may be contaminated with NON-O157 Shiga tox-prd E.Coli (STEC), a bacteria commonly known as “e coli”.
Public Health Alert Issued for Ground Beef Sold at Macoupin County Establishmenthttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21677Public Health Alert Issued for Ground Beef Sold at Macoupin County Establishment6/12/2020 11:23:58 PMSpringfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is issuing a public health alert due to an undetermined amount of ground beef product prepared under custom exemption that may be contaminated with NON-O157 Shiga tox-prd E.Coli (STEC), a bacteria commonly known as “e coli”.
Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Racing Board Announce Patron Free Live Racinghttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21597Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Racing Board Announce Patron Free Live Racing5/28/2020 4:16:40 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Horse racing is returning to Illinois tracks in June. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) worked with various stakeholders to bring patron free standardbred and thoroughbred racing back on tracks around the state while adhering to the social distancing guidelines. The move is an effort to provide economic relief to the horse racing industry, as other states have done.
GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT TO BEGIN MID-MAY, WEATHER PERMITTINGhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21520GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT TO BEGIN MID-MAY, WEATHER PERMITTING5/7/2020 7:20:19 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to begin treating parts of northern Illinois for the destructive Gypsy Moth the week of May 11, weather permitting. Each year, the Department works with the United States Forest Service on a two-pronged approach to treating this destructive pest.
Pritzker Administration Releases 2019 Hemp Harvest Numbershttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21370Pritzker Administration Releases 2019 Hemp Harvest Numbers4/8/2020 3:14:15 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has released final harvest numbers from the 2019 hemp growing season. IDOA issued 651 Hemp Growers licenses for the 2019 season. All but 137 of those licensees planted at least an acre during the inaugural season resulting in over 2.27 million pounds of total yield, with 73% of acres planted being harvested.
Pritzker Administration Announces Executive Order Regarding Cannabis Industryhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21320Pritzker Administration Announces Executive Order Regarding Cannabis Industry3/29/2020 7:31:30 PMCHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order today extending the timeline for cannabis infuser, craft grower, and transporter license applications in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois Department of Agriculture Seeks Participants for 2020 Community Gardenhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21217Illinois Department of Agriculture Seeks Participants for 2020 Community Garden3/9/2020 6:55:19 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is actively seeking individuals or families who are interested in starting their own gardens and learning more about the local-foods movement.
OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED TO EXPLAIN 2020 GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT PROGRAMhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21156OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED TO EXPLAIN 2020 GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT PROGRAM2/14/2020 5:29:20 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold nine open houses to explain the proposed gypsy moth treatment plans for northern Illinois.
IDOA PROMOTES GRAIN BIN SAFETY WEEK FEBRUARY 16-22, 2020https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21154IDOA PROMOTES GRAIN BIN SAFETY WEEK FEBRUARY 16-22, 20202/13/2020 8:47:07 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture reminds all farm workers to stay safe when working in and around grain bins as part of Grain Bin Safety Week. The annual period for awareness runs from February 16 through February 22.
FIRST ROUND OF GRANDSTAND CONCERTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21112FIRST ROUND OF GRANDSTAND CONCERTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR1/31/2020 3:05:29 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Following last year’s historically successful state fair season which generated record-breaking revenue and the highest grandstand attendance in years, Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced six of the eleven concerts for the 2020 Illinois State Fair today.
MOTORCYCLE RACING RETURNS TO DU QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS THIS SUMMERhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21083MOTORCYCLE RACING RETURNS TO DU QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS THIS SUMMER1/27/2020 4:44:16 PMDu Quoin, IL – Professional motorcycle racing will return to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds racetrack this summer. RPM Promotions $50,000 Horsepower National is set for July 25, 2020, marking a return of the sport after a five-year hiatus.
Pritzker Administration Releases Applications for Cannabis Infuser, Transporter and Craft Grower Licenses https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21010Pritzker Administration Releases Applications for Cannabis Infuser, Transporter and Craft Grower Licenses 1/7/2020 8:00:13 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has opened the application process for Cannabis Infuser, Transporter and Craft Grower Licenses, including for social equity applicants.
ALL CULTIVATION CENTERS IN ILLINOIS ARE NOW APPROVED TO GROW FOR ADULT USEhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=20970ALL CULTIVATION CENTERS IN ILLINOIS ARE NOW APPROVED TO GROW FOR ADULT USE12/23/2019 4:03:47 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has now approved all 21 cultivation centers to grow cannabis for adult use. The department has approved the three outstanding cultivating licenses authorized under state law.