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Extension hosting 2014 Illinois Crop Management Conferences
University of Illinois Extension is hosting the 10th annual Illinois Crop Management Conferences at four different locations in January and February. Each one is a two-day, in-depth program providing university research-based information on current crop production issues.
“The conference is geared toward farmers, certified crop advisors, and other agriculture professionals and will address many ‘hot topics’ in agriculture,” said U of I Extension educator Angie Peltier.
Presenters will include faculty from the U of I Extension and the Departments of Crop Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Agricultural Economics in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Presentations will focus on the most current crop, pest, nutrient, and soil and water management research and recommendations.
Each two-day conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The dates and locations are the following:
Registration is required and includes lunch on both days. Advanced registration is $130; registration at the door is $150 (checks only). Online and mail-in registration forms and complete information on the topics that will be covered at each conference location are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec . (Certified crop advisors can earn up to 13 hours of continuing education units.)
Members of the public that need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact Angie Peltier at 309-734-5161.
Extensions hosting Soil and Water Management Seminar - Wed. Feb 26th
Soil, water, and air interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. The workshop will be held at the Ogle County Extension, 421 W. Pines Rd. in Oregon. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
“Those attending will hear about cover crops, vertical tillage equipment, the effect of the Birds Point Levy breach on cropland, using wetlands to reduce nutrient loading, and managing soil to adapt to climate change,” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension educator. Certified Crop Advisors will receive 5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar.
Registration is $50 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Monday, February 24, 2014. To register or for more information contact University of Illinois Extension office at 815/732-2191 or visit our website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Ogle County Extension office at 815/732-2191.
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Schools
The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association is offering Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Schools in several locations across the state during the months of February and March. This training is required for farmers who own their own anhydrous ammonia storage and/or nurse tanks. In addition, Illinois Farm Bureau encourages any other farmers who handle anhydrous ammonia to participate in the training on a voluntary basis.
The training includes discussion regarding: properties and characteristics of anhydrous ammonia; safety and person protection; anhydrous ammonia facilities and equipment, transfer and handling procedures, transportation safety and customer instruction, and federal and Illinois regulations.
The training is available at the following locations:
February 25— Marion 17th Street Bar & Grill, 2700 17th Street
February 26—Whittington Rend Lake Resort, 11712 East Windy Lane
February 27—Charleston Unique Suites, 920 W. Lincoln Ave
February 28—Bloomington Asmark Agricenter, 14171 Carole Drive
March 4—Mendota Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Morwin Drive
March 5—Monmouth Monsanto Research Farm, 1677 80th Street
March 6—Quincy Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza
March 7—Springfield Hilton Garden Inn, 3100 S. Dirksen PKWY
Registration for each program will take place from 8:30 -9:00 a.m., with the meeting from 9:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m., and lunch at 12:00 p.m. Please click here for the brochure for further information and to register.
Seed that has been developed with a genetically modified organism (GMO) is most often found in corn and soybean seed varieties. Farmers do not have any wheat GMO seed varieties that they can buy. Most of the fruit and vegetable production is produced for local food markets and is mainly organic and non-GMO.
So that leaves corn and soybeans. I have grown both GMO and non-GMO varieties. What I plant depends on; seed variety yield, the weeds and insects that I find in my fields, and market prices. I sell my grain to two local elevators. One contracts directly with farmers to raise specific varieties of corn and soybeans depending on what a buyer such as a food processor wants. The grain buyer at that elevator estimated about 90% of the soybean seed varieties grown in the local area are GMO and 80% of the corn.
Working through the math, a good estimate would be about 70% of the farm land acres in Boone County are grown using a GMO seed variety."- Ken
Agricultural Security & Terrorism Awareness
In January 2013, the Winnebago Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in partnership with Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department hosted an information meeting on “Agricultural Security & Terrorism”. The presentation was given by Steffan Nass, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator- FBI’s Springfield Division.
Agro-Terrorism is defined as the deliberate introduction, use, or threatened use, of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive agent against one or more components of the food or agriculture sectors, with the goal of causing mortality or morbidity, generating fee, precipitating economic loss, or undermining sector stability and confidence in government.
Here are a few indicators of Agro-Terrorism.
Agricultural Retail Facilities should report any of the following:
Producers and Auction Markets should report any of the following:
Aerial Applicators should report any tampering or attempts to purchase or rent aircraft or chemicals.
Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in employees should be reported to your local health department. Health officials should be made aware of the emergency, normal duties and any contact with sick animals that may have led to the illness. Details of contact with feed products, medical supplies, or chemicals that the employee may have had contact with should also be noted.
Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in animals (such as blistering or ruptured blisters around the mouth, nose, teats, or hooves; central nervous system disorders that prevent the animal from rising or walking normally; loss of appetite and conditioning; swelling around the eyes and neck in poultry; dramatic drop in egg or milk production; large number of dead insects, rodents or wildlife; and unusual ticks or maggots) should be reported to your veterinarian.
If a crime is in progress, CALL 9-1-1 immediately. If you have information about a crime, or to report suspicious activity, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (217) 522-9675. The following information is needed:
This information was provided by the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group. The Illinois Agro-Security Working group is a partnership between frontline agricultural industry personnel and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of preventing criminal and terrorist activities in and around Illinois agriculture and food systems. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Fertilizer Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture form the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group.
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