In 2010, University of Illinois crop scientist, Darin Eastburn, received an NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to study the use of cover crops in the prevention of soil erosion and suppression of weed growth in soybeans. So far, cereal rye and rapeseed are the most promising crops he's tested.
Source: Harvest Public Media, Peter Gray
Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.
Research conducted in Illinois indicates certain cover crops left in the ground during...Read More
In 2006, Jody and Beth Osmund received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant that helped them purchase a market trailer and a cold plate refrigeration unit as the foundation of their meat CSA and farmers market sales at Cedar Valley Farm.
Today, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA has made a new life and new business for themselves raising and selling first vegetables and then antibiotic-free and additive-free beef, chicken, pork, and eggs.
Source: AgriNews, Jeannine Otto
Jody and Beth Osmund don’t expect the sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International to bring a mass exodus of concerned...Read More
The following story appeared in the January 2012 issue of the North Central Region Intergrated Pest Managment Center's newsletter, The Connection.
Source: The Connection
In Rochester, IL, Stu Jacobson, a retired researcher for the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been working for years to increase interest and understanding among beekeepers in Illinois, eastern Missouri, and southern Wisconsin.
While Jacobson’s interest in bees started decades ago in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he lived and kept bees from 1970 to 1991, he eventually started...Read More
Two MarketReady/MarketMaker workshops are taking place in Illinois. These are sponsored, in part, by the Illinois SARE Professional Development Program.
MarketReady is a program designed to help small and mid-sized producers understand the evolving commercial market opportunities for locally produced foods. While grocery store chains, distributors, institutions, schools and restaurants have traditionally sourced produce, meats, eggs, cheese and other value-added items from large farms and processors located in regions of concentrated production (California, Florida and beyond), increasing transportation...Read More
Two high tunnel workshops have been planned in Illinois. These are sponsored, in part, by the Illinois SARE Professional Development Program.
- University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center near Simpson in far southern Illinois, November 22, 2011, 9am to 3pm. This program, led by Jeff Kindhart, will include information on winter salad greens production, brambles, vertical stacking systems, hydroponics, and greenhouse production of vegetable transplants. There is no charge for this programs, but pre-registration is required, and attendance at each program will be capped at 40. To register,...
GLENCOE, Ill. — The popular Farmers’ Markets at the Chicago Botanic Garden will get a new larger location this year as well as educational demonstrations from participating farmers and vendors. Farmers’ Markets will be held on the Esplanade, a grand lawn located between the Visitor Center and the Regenstein Center and offering wonderful views of the Smith Fountain and North Lake. Local, sustainable farmers and the Chicago Botanic Garden's own Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest will sell seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, hand-made...Read More