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You have probably heard of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by now, but in case you have not, it addresses nutrient losses to waters in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico from both point and non-point sources of pollution. In Illinois, we have goals to reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses by 15% and total phosphorus losses by 25% by the year 2025.

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ROCKFORD, Ill.— Farmers and landowners are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 9, at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford to learn more about cover crops during this challenging season. Local experts will share their research and experiences using different cover crop systems in northern Illinois.

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This spring is one that we in the agricultural industry and those who live in rural communities will never forget. The rain keeps pouring. This historically late planting falls in a time of high policy and price uncertainty. Many concerns are weighing on farmers’ minds.

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The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will tour Brad Peterburg’s woodland on South Rodden Road in Jo Daviess County at 10 a.m. June 22. Peterburg will give his perspective on the aerial application of glycophosphate to attack bush honeysuckle in the fall of 2017 and 2018. Consulting fo…

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If you are looking to protect the environment, support wildlife and pollinators, and require less inputs for your landscape, consider planting native plant species. Native plant species have different meanings for some people.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Give a little time and attention to managing water, nutrition, and airflow, and you will have an ample harvest of garden tomatoes.

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ALTAMONT, Ill. — Known for his hit “I Serve a Savior,” country music sensation Josh Turner is one of the highlights at the 2019 Effingham County Fair.

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MELVIN, Ill. — For 93 years, the Ford County Fair has been a must-see attraction in central Illinois, and this year’s event will no doubt follow that long tradition.

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RENSSELAER, Ind. — The Jasper County Fair will officially kick off with the national anthem and the raising of the colors at 5:45 p.m. July 20.

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MOLINE, Ill. – The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships. These awards are given to outstanding high school students who have achieved a well-rounded high school career and understand the value of volunteerism.

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Within a 4-H club, youth annually give talks and demonstrations to their peers as part of their club involvement. Through these experiences, members gain confidence in their public speaking skills.

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STERLING, Ill. – Looking for fun in the sun while bonding with your child? The University of Illinois Extension is offering a Parent-Child Gardening Series for youth ages 2 through 5 and their parents to learn about growing vegetables and flowers through hands-on activities.

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As we go through severe weather season, chances for tornadoes are at their highest. Here are a few facts and myths on tornadoes from the National Weather Service.

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DECATUR, Ind. – Congratulations to the Bellmont FFA Soils Evaluation Team which broke into the school history books by competing in the National Land and Range Judging Contest May 2 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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It is that time of year to hatch baby chicks. Many farm supply stores sell baby chicks in the spring, when the weather conditions are right to raise them. If you prefer to hatch them yourself and have the basic incubator equipment to do so, it is important to know what steps to take.

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There is no other way to say it, farming is not for all; actually, let me try that again, farming is not for most. The long days of hard work lead into even longer nights. The continual starting and stopping, according to Mother Nature’s current demeanor, can cause severe anxiety and frustration.

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For many gardeners around the state, getting started has meant rethinking expected planting times outdoors. Knowing our typical dates for sowing seed directly into the garden and setting out vegetable transplants have been or will be different this season has created some challenges.

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Illinois grows some of the finest hardwoods in the nation, including black walnut, red oak, white oak, yellow poplar, ash, hickory, hard maple, and soft maple. Approximately 4.4 million acres in Illinois are forested, or 12% of the state.

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Spring is certainly in the air. It seems we finally had our first nice day of the year, with highs in the low 70s and sunshine warming the soil as daffodils and crocus burst forth and begin to flower. Spring also brings the weekend warriors.

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Having easy access to healthy foods is not always an option for some residents in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. Staff and volunteers at University of Illinois Extension are working together to provide healthy foods and education about preparing those foods to people in areas …

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PRINCETON, Ill. – In an effort to demonstrate to all the fourth graders in Bureau County the importance of agriculture in their lives, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee held its 25th Annual Ag Fair on March 14.

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DECATUR, Ill. – Plant with a purpose this year by shopping the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale, which supports community volunteer projects. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, shoppers can browse hundreds of varieties of plants at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

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MT. CARROLL, Ill. –  153 4-H’ers and FFA members participated in the annual Carroll County 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest on March 16 at the Carroll County Highway Building. Participants judged three rings each of beef, sheep and swine. Each species had a production class and the co…

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PRINCETON, Ill. — Congratulations to the winners of the fifth annual Placemat Design Contest for the National Ag Week's Salute to Ag Breakfast! Third-grade students from around Bureau County were asked to create placemats following the theme "Illinois Agriculture - Past, Present and Future."

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BOUBONNAIS, Ill. – Have you ever looked at your garden flowers and thought, “These look good enough to eat?” This isn’t just a daydream. Edible flowers add color, taste and fragrance to even the most common of foods.

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BOUBONNAIS, Ill. – Holly Froning, master gardener coordinator, will discuss the key characteristics of 22 common lawn and garden weed species found in Illinois at 10 a.m. April 8 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais.

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – “Roses” is the title of a program to be presented at 10 a.m. April 1 at Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais.

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STERLING, Ill. – Join Whiteside County master naturalists in the hands-on Rain Barrel Workshop at 10 a.m. April 27 at the Kidz Turn, corner of Route 30 and Lawrence Road, Sterling.

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MT. CARROLL, Ill. – The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will hold its Annual Dinner Meeting at 7 p.m. March 26 the Church of God, 816 S. Clay St., Mount Carroll. Featured speaker will be IDNR district forester Steve Felt, who will discuss selecting the best tree species for planting …

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University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and master naturalists have been busy putting together several gardening programs to help shake away the winter blues and start thinking of spring.

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