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ILLINOIS PRODUCT HOLIDAY MARKET SET FOR FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMBERhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24205ILLINOIS PRODUCT HOLIDAY MARKET SET FOR FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMBER11/29/2021 10:13:46 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host the first Illinois Product Holiday Market. The market takes place December 4th and 5th on the “Y Block” north of the Governor’s Mansion. The holiday market will feature Illinois products for everyone on your shopping list this season.
THREE ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED IN DISASTER DECLARATIONhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24204THREE ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED IN DISASTER DECLARATION11/29/2021 10:00:18 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The USDA recently received a Secretarial disaster designation for losses caused by freezing that occurred from May 5 through May 30, 2021. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a natural disaster designation for farmers in seven Wisconsin counties, with three Illinois counties listed as contiguous counties. Contiguous counties are eligible for the same benefits as primary counties.
Mega and Jumbo Passes Available Just in Time for the Holidayshttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24172Mega and Jumbo Passes Available Just in Time for the Holidays11/22/2021 3:48:05 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL- The countdown to the 2022 Illinois State Fair is formally underway with fair officials announcing the start of the traditional holiday promotional campaign starring the Mega and Jumbo Passes.
IDOA NOW ACCEPTING SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROPOSALShttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24126IDOA NOW ACCEPTING SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROPOSALS11/10/2021 3:48:59 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) plans to award more than $783,000 in Specialty Crop Block grants over a three-year period under federal House Resolution 133 (H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding).
VIRTUAL GRAIN TOUR RESULTS IN OVER $12.4 MILLION IN PROJECTED SALES https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24088VIRTUAL GRAIN TOUR RESULTS IN OVER $12.4 MILLION IN PROJECTED SALES 11/1/2021 5:16:26 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) held its annual grain tour on October 19th. The grain tour, which traditionally takes place in-person was virtual for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.
SECRETARY VILSACK ISSUES NATURAL DISASTER DESIGNATION FOR 12 ILLINOIS COUNTIES https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=24030SECRETARY VILSACK ISSUES NATURAL DISASTER DESIGNATION FOR 12 ILLINOIS COUNTIES 10/20/2021 7:08:18 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Relief is coming for farmers who experienced excessive moisture and flash flooding this spring and summer in 12 Illinois counties. USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation.
ATTENDANCE UP 22 PERCENT AT 2021 DU QUOIN STATE FAIR, HIGHEST IN FIVE YEARShttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23991ATTENDANCE UP 22 PERCENT AT 2021 DU QUOIN STATE FAIR, HIGHEST IN FIVE YEARS10/7/2021 9:13:20 PMDU QUOIN, IL – Over 150,000 people attended the Du Quoin State Fair this year, up 22.1% from 2019 attendance numbers of nearly 124,000 people. Along with overall attendance being up, grandstand shows saw their highest attendance numbers since 2012.
2021 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE SECOND HIGHEST BEHIND ONLY 2019 FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=239502021 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE SECOND HIGHEST BEHIND ONLY 2019 FAIR9/28/2021 5:14:57 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2021 Illinois State Fair saw over 472,000 visitors walk through the gates making it the second highest attended fair since the department began tracking formal attendance numbers in 2014. Attendance at this year’s fair was surpassed only by the historic records set in 2019. The first weekend of the 2021 fair also saw attendance numbers increase by over 15,000 people compared to 2019.
Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Labor Highlight National Farm Safety and Health Week September 19-25https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23909Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Labor Highlight National Farm Safety and Health Week September 19-259/17/2021 7:49:55 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – As another harvest season begins, the Illinois Departments of Agriculture (IDOA) and Labor (IDOL) remind all farm workers to stay safe, especially during the upcoming and busy harvest season.
Illinois Officials Release Third Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Reporthttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23906Illinois Officials Release Third Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report9/16/2021 8:21:59 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – The Directors of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are announcing the release of Illinois’ third Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) Biennial Report. The Report describes the continued progress being made in Illinois as well as challenges to reduce nutrient losses from multiple sources to improve water quality in Illinois and downstream to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
RACING RETURNS TO THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MAGIC MILE https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23844RACING RETURNS TO THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MAGIC MILE 9/2/2021 3:02:02 PMDU QUOIN, IL – After a 2020 motorsports calendar was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fairgoers and race fans alike are excited to get back to the beautiful Southern Illinois Magic Mile on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for the traditional Labor Day weekend of auto racing.
Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Expansion of Farmer Mental Health Initiativeshttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23834Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Expansion of Farmer Mental Health Initiatives8/31/2021 3:29:18 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II announced a grant award of $500,000 to increase farmer stress-related mental health initiatives statewide. The announcement was made at the 2021 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO LEAD THE 2021 TWILIGHT PARADEhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23826HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO LEAD THE 2021 TWILIGHT PARADE8/27/2021 6:07:00 PMDU QUOIN, IL – The Du Quoin State Fair along with Governor JB Pritzker, announced that healthcare workers will serve as the Grand Marshals for the 2021 Twilight Parade.
COVID-19 Mitigations Announced in Advance of Du Quoin State Fairhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23790COVID-19 Mitigations Announced in Advance of Du Quoin State Fair8/24/2021 3:11:29 PMDU QUOIN, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today announced mitigations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant during the upcoming Du Quoin State Fair and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all fairgoers.
SUNDAY IS FAMILY DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23778SUNDAY IS FAMILY DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR8/20/2021 8:01:50 PMSpringfield, IL – Sunday, August 22nd is Family Day at the Illinois State Fair. With $5 adult admission prices and free entry for children 12 and under, everyone can enjoy the last day of the fair this year!
SATURDAY IS PARK DISTRICT DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23755SATURDAY IS PARK DISTRICT DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR8/17/2021 9:40:26 PMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Fair officials honor our parks as more than 45 Park Districts from throughout Illinois entertain fairgoers across the grounds and host activities in Conservation World.
FRIDAY IS FIRST RESPONDER DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23754FRIDAY IS FIRST RESPONDER DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR8/17/2021 8:02:19 PMSpringfield, IL – Illinois State Fair officials honor first responders Friday, August 20th by offering free admission to all police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and Health Care Workers who present their badge at the gate on First Responders Day.
THURSDAY IS REPUBLICAN DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23752THURSDAY IS REPUBLICAN DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR8/17/2021 7:44:15 PMSpringfield, IL – Thursday, August 19th is Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. You can learn more about party candidates and meet legislative officials by visiting various tents on the grounds.
SALE OF CHAMPIONS INVESTS IN TOMORROW'S AGRICULTURAL LEADERShttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23753SALE OF CHAMPIONS INVESTS IN TOMORROW'S AGRICULTURAL LEADERS8/18/2021 12:47:52 AMSPRINGFIELD, IL – Being in the Governor’s Sale of Champions is something all livestock exhibitors dream about, but few are able to accomplish. Each year, this marquee event of the Illinois State Fair Ag Day festivities showcases the hard work and dedication of the youth in the agriculture industry.
WEDNESDAY IS GOVERNOR'S DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRhttps://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=23747WEDNESDAY IS GOVERNOR'S DAY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR8/18/2021 5:40:27 PMSpringfield, IL – Wednesday, August 18th is Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair. While Governor Pritzker attends much of the fair, this is his day to host special guests.