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UofI Farm Program Seminars

12/15/2014 10:44
Farm program seminars   URBANA, Ill. – For farm owners and operators who could benefit from assistance in navigating the choices in the Agricultural Act of 2014, help is on the way.  The seminars are free and will be offered in 14 locations across Illinois in January and February. Each...

CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED

11/24/2014 13:20
CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act.  The Certified Livestock...

Got Ruts?

11/19/2014 10:34
    Public Affairs Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service 2118 West Park Court Champaign, Illinois 61821 (217) 353-6606  Paige.Buck@il.usda.gov Web: www.il.nrcs.usda.gov   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:...

FARM BILL INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD JANUARY 8

11/18/2014 13:15
FARM BILL INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD JANUARY 8     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           ...

Putting small acres to good use: Workshop series announced

11/18/2014 10:28
Sept. 22, 2014   Source: Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, 217-782-4617; cvnghgrn@illinois.edu News writer: Stephanie Henry, 217-244-1183, slhenry@illinois.edu   Putting small acres to good use: Workshop series announced   URBANA – Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional...

2015 Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars Back By Popular Demand!

11/17/2014 13:04
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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE EXPANDS STATE EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE

11/07/2014 14:04
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE EXPANDS STATE EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE Boundaries now include 61 of Illinois' 102 counties SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Twelve counties have been added to Illinois' emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine, the state Department of Agriculture announced today. The new...

SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP VITAL IN ANHYDROUS AMMONIA APPLICATION

11/03/2014 13:15
SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP VITAL IN ANHYDROUS AMMONIA APPLICATION SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) urge fertilizer dealers and farmers to practice both safety and stewardship this fall when applying anhydrous...

Diverse Coalition Releases Vision Statement for Cover Crops and Soil Health

10/22/2014 12:35
Diverse Coalition Releases Vision Statement for Cover Crops and Soil Health   WASHINGTON, D.C.—October 17, 2014—A diverse coalition of more than 40 national organizations, including commodity groups, agriculture associations, conservation and environmental NGOs, and major agriculture...

ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY

10/22/2014 12:32
  ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY Web-based tool brings together buyers and sellers in an online marketplace SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether buying or selling, the Illinois Department of Agriculture can help consumers who are in the market for hay.  Since 2007, its...

 

2013 FFA Section 3 Soil Judging Contest

FFA Section 3 held their Soil Judging Contest once again this year to help better educate our youth.  It was a beautiful day with 158 students from 11 different schools to participate in a fun and interactive education experience.  Thanks again to everyone that helped to make the day a success.  A special thanks to Kewanee High School who again hosted this year. 

Pictured below are the Kewanee teams.

The school and individual rankings are listed below:

School teams:

(Tie broken on Pit #1)

Team Results

1. Kewanee

2. Sherrard

3. Galva

4. AlWood

5. Geneseo

6. Orion

7. Stark County

8. Cambridge

9. Bureau Valley

10. Princeton

11. Riverdale (Team of 2)

 

Individual Results

1. Storme Barton - AlWood

2. Felicia Shaw - AlWood

3. Emily Pettis - Kewanee

4. Tyler Hamerlinck - Sherrard

5. Mary Koby - AlWood

6. Pedro Avila - Sherrard

7. Megan Mansker - Galva

8. Alexis Johnson - Kewanee

9. Morgan Gustafson - Sherrard

10. Kaylea Flynn - Sherrard

 

Hulting Recieves 15 Year Director Service Award

Albert Hulting of Sheffield recieved a 15 Year Director Service Award at the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in Springfield, IL on July 21 through 23. Albert is currently serving as a director of the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Congratulations to Albert Hulting!   

Tom & Margaret Hitzhusen Family from Henry County Named 2013 Conservation Farm Family & Governor’s Award Winner


Pictured from L to R: Charlie Meier (IL Representative), Steve Chard (Acting Bureau Chief-IL Dept. of Ag), Tom Hitzhusen, Margaret Hitzhusen, Lonnie Wilson (AISWCD President)

 

 

Tom & Margaret Hitzhusen’s family was named the 2013 Conservation Farm Family of the year and presented the Governor’s Award, during the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts’ (AISWCD) 65th Annual Meeting/Bureau of Land & Water Resources’s (BLWR) Summer Conference award ceremony on Monday, July 23rd in Springfield, IL. 

This award, sponsored by AISWCD, Brownfield Network, Prairie Farmer, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture – BLWR, recognizes one outstanding conservation farm family that exemplifies “Total Resource Management.” There are 97 Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the state, comprising 16 Land Use Councils (LUC). After advancing as the winner from their Land Use Council, the Hitzhusen family and their resource conservation efforts on their farm competed against the remaining 6 LUC winners in Springfield. The AISWCD Awards Committee selected the Hitzhusen family as the 2013 Conservation Farm Family of the year and presented the family the Governor’s Award. 

In addition to a plaque distinguishing the family’s award, the Hitzhusen family also received a $500 check from Meijer and a Memorex Station Audio CD player from Brownfield Network. As recipients of the Governor’s Award, the Hitzhusen family will be honored at the Illinois State Fair Ag Day program on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and will receive a personalized “Conservation Farm Family” sign for display on their farm.

The Henry County Soil & Water Conservation District, and its affiliates, would like to sincerely congratulate the Hitzhusen family for their dedication and commitment to soil and water conservation. Their family farm is truly a model of conservation for the county.

 

Conservation Compliance and Highly Erodible Land 

In regards to Conservation Compliance and Highly Erodible Land requirements, please read the following news release... Change$ to Good Faith Provi$ion for HEL violation$.