2015 Small Farms Webinar Series

The University of Illinois Extension Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational event for the small farm community that provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois.

2015 Invasive pest awareness workshops will focus on early detection and response

University of Illinois Extension has announced the dates for its 2015 Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshops covering important landscape and nursery pests, diseases, and invasive plants. Workshops will be offered at eight locations in Illinois beginning in January 2015.

Livestock Show winners named

Champaign County 4-H members and their beef, goat, sheep, swine, poultry and rabbit projects participated in the 4-H Livestock Show at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 24.
Erin Lopez, Sadorus, of the Sadorus 4-H All-Stars Club, was honored to receive the Esworthy memorial trophy as the winner of Swine Junior Showmanship.

4-H Livestock Show held

The Champaign County 4-H Livestock Show was held July 24 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana.

Historic farms sought for book

The publisher of an upcoming book honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to its publicity campaign has been overwhelming, despite the fact that a large number of farm owners still haven't heard about the project.

Philo Tavern hosts annual Earth Partners Coffee Shop Tour

Earth Partners’ annual Coffee Shop Tour made its way to the Philo Tavern on March 27.
At the Philo Tavern stop, Dick Miller served as chairman, and Dennis Riggs was the auctioneer for a basket of locally produced products that drew a high bid of $4,300.
Earth Partners was established in 1993 and was a pilot program for the state.

Sadorus farmer honored with annual award

A retired rural Sadorus farmer was the 45th person to receive the News-Gazette’s Farm Leader of the Year award during a banquet last Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Sidney farmer explains his ‘many hats’

Rural Sidney farmer Dennis Riggs presented “The Many Hats of a Farmer” at a Champaign County Chamber of Commerce breakfast entitled From Field to the Plate.
Sponsored by the chamber’s Agri-Business Committee and catered by Dish Passionate Cuisine, all those who attended paid the “farmer’s share,” $1, for a full buffet meal.

Champaign County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

The Renewable Fuel Standard, Illinois’ budget woes and promoting agriculture to the public were among the issues discussed at the 102nd annual meeting of the Champaign County Farm Bureau last Monday at the I Hotel.
“The people in this room thrive on challenges; we call them farmers,” President Lin Warfel said. “As farmers, we meet the challenges head on.”

Rural Sidney farmer honored

Initiatives for water quality, soil erosion, water management, wildlife habitat, prime farmland preservation, watershed management and education and public information were among the accomplishments of the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2013.

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