Robin Holloway of Little River Farm is teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the first of four twilight meetings at his farm on Monday, May 16, 2022, starting at 6 p.m.University of Illinois Extension Educators, Bronwyn Aly, Nathan Johanning, and Katie Bell have partnered with area farmers over the past eight years to provide four evening “twilight meetings” to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois.Anyone involved or interested in local food production or learning more about farms in our region is encouraged and invited to attend. [Read more...]
When you ate breakfast this morning, did you think about where it came from? When we purchase our food at the grocery store it’s often easy to forget what a long process it is to get the food from farm to table. Each of us has a responsibility to make the connection between where our food comes from and conservation of the land where it grows. [Read more...]
Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), received notice from USDA Wildlife Services of the first confirmed highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 Avian Influenza (Avian Flu) in a wild bird in Illinois for 2022. Three Canada geese, located in Will County were submitted for sampling on March 2, 2022. The findings were confirmed by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory on March 10. [Read more...]
The 2021-2022 Illinois bobcat season concluded Feb. 15 with 290 bobcats harvested by hunters and trappers.
A total of 174 (56%) of bobcats were taken by hunting, while trapping accounted for 116 (37%) of the harvest. Twenty-three (7%) were salvaged by permit holders from circumstances such as road kill. [Read more...]
White County SWCD will hold a Spring fish sale for pond stocking, with delivery scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30 at the USDA Service Center parking lot. [Read more...]
As part of expanded conservation program options for climate-smart agriculture, NRCS has announced an opportunity for landowners/operators to apply to enroll land in a Conservation Incentive Contract (CIC). These contracts are an option available through EQIP that offers producers financial assistance to adopt conservation management practices on working landscapes. [Read more...]
As the concepts of carbon markets and soil health have gained publicity over the past several years, more farmers are looking for ways to integrate cover crops into their row crop systems. Join University of Illinois Extension on Tuesday, March 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Extension Office in Carmi for a discussion with agriculture experts as they share the latest findings on carbon markets and soil health. [Read more...]