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IL #PUMPKIN CROP LOOKS PROMISING

Two years after heavy rains decimated fields, the 2017 Illinois pumpkin crop is looking better than average. “We got started in early July this year, so a good, early start,” said Jim Ackerman, an agriculture manager at Libby’s in Morton. “We’re about half done with harvest, so that’s a good place to be.” (State Journal-Register)

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DRIFTWATCH

The Illinois Department of Agriculture  is holding a news event in Alto Pass today to entice more vineyards to participate in the Driftwatch program. The Driftwatch program was launched in 2010 as a coordinated effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several other Midwestern states in an effort to promote better communications between pesticide… read more

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SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS

Illinois growers and others applying for more than $600,000 in federal specialty crop funding must submit applications by May 1, according to Illinois Agriculture Director Philip Nelson.

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HEALTHY GRANTS

USDA has announced $96.8 million in funding for projects that support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs and farm-to-school efforts.

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SPECIALTY CROPS UPDATE

New options in the 2014 Farm Bill provide greater coverage for specialty crops from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. The new options provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey,… read more

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