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Illinois Department of Agriculture Highlights National Farm Safety and Health Week September 20-26https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=22115Illinois Department of Agriculture Highlights National Farm Safety and Health Week September 20-269/22/2020 2:11:40 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – As another harvest season begins, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reminds all farm workers to stay safe, especially during the upcoming and busy harvest season.
COVER CROP PREMIUM DISCOUNT PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2020 https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=22033COVER CROP PREMIUM DISCOUNT PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2020 9/1/2020 5:39:07 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the second year of the “Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program.” The program is applicable for acreage in Illinois planted to cover crops in the fall of 2020 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2021. Eligible applicants receive a $5 per acre premium discount on the following year’s crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program.
A Statement from the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding the mailing of unsolicited seeds:https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21870A Statement from the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding the mailing of unsolicited seeds:7/28/2020 9:52:22 PM
Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Details for Junior Livestock Expo and Junior Horse Showhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21829Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Details for Junior Livestock Expo and Junior Horse Show7/17/2020 4:32:33 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today released entry forms for the Junior Livestock Expo and Junior Horse Show taking place on the Illinois State and Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. The forms must be submitted via mail and are available on the IDOA website at www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr.
IDOA TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERShttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21815IDOA TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS7/15/2020 3:24:00 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers as they will once again be hosting free container recycling days throughout the State.
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.