County Agriculture Calendar
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every day. Keep in touch with your Extension Office for programs
addressing the topics that
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Animals on Small Acreages, February 7,
Are you interested in raising horses, goats,
sheep or poultry? Do you own 50 acres or less or are you considering
buying a small
tract of land? If so, you will want to attend the upcoming workshop “Animals
on Small Acreages” scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at
Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois from 8:30 – 3:30
p.m. The workshop is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension
and Kishwaukee College.
“Handling Manure on Small Land Tract” and “Healthy
Pastures” are the general sessions in the morning. These
are followed by sessions on the care of horses, goats, sheep
Dr. Kevin Kline, University of Illinois Extension
Equine Specialist, will discuss “Horse Nutrition and Fitness” and “Horse
Pasture Hazards” presented by Dr. Dean Scoggins, retired
University of Illinois Extension Equine Veterinarian. Then get
your horse questions answered at the “Ask the Expert” session
with both Dr. Kline and Dr. Scoggins.
“Making Goats Work on Small Acreages,” “Opportunities
for Sheep on Small Acreages,” and “Pasture-Raised
Poultry “also be presented. These presentations will discuss
raising and marketing animals.
For more information about the
workshop, contact the University of Illinois Extension Boone
Unit at 815-544-3710.
Equine Health Issues, Saturday, February
28, 2004, 10am–2pm
This is the first of four IL/WI Bi-State
Horse Workshops to be held from February to May. This workshop
will focus on general
horse health issues, lameness, and equine dentistry. The morning
session will be at the Duck Inn, N614 Hwy 89, Delavan, WI. After
lunch, there will be a tour of the Equine Veterinary Associates
in Delavan. Speakers will include William Stone, DVM, Rick Tully,
DVM and Travis Henry, DVM. For registration information contact
Kenosha County UW-Extension, Rose Skora, 262-857-1948, firstname.lastname@example.org
New in Drainage?
Six seminars will be held in February at various
locations across Illinois. Each seminar will also include a discussion
law and the use of new technologies, said Solomon. Area staff
from the Natural Resources Conservation Services will present
an update on Farm Bill implications and a contractors' panel
will discuss local issues and provide an installer's perspective
on drainage systems. The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30
pm, with registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The registration fee
of $25 is due one week before a meeting and includes a noon luncheon
and take-home materials. Here are the dates, locations and contact
information for each seminar:
- February 11, 2004. Rend Lake College,
Ina, Ill. Send registrations to: Franklin Extension Unit, 1212
Route 14 West, Benton, IL 62812.
- February 13, 2004. Hancock County Extension
Office, Carthage, Ill. Send registrations to: Hancock Extension
Unit, 550 N. Madison,
Carthage, IL 62321. (217) 357-2150.
- February 16, 2004. Countryside
Banquet Facilities, East Peoria, Ill. Send registrations to:
Woodford Extension Unit, P.O. Box
162, Eureka, IL 61530. (309) 467-3789.
- February 17, 2004. Holcomb
State Bank, Rochelle, Ill. Send registrations to: Ogle Extension
Unit, 421 Pines Rd., Suite 10,
Oregon, IL 61061. (815) 732-2191.
- February 19, 2004. Kankakee
County Extension Office, Bourbonnais, Ill. Send registrations
to: Kankakee Extension Unit, 1650 Commerce
Dr., Bourbonnais, IL 60914 (815) 933-8337.
- February 20, 2004.
Christian County Extension Office, Taylorville, Ill. Send registrations
to: Christian Extension Unit, 1120 N.
Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568. (217) 287-7246.
For more information,
contact your local University of Illinois Extension office or
phone Solomon at the East Peoria Extension
Center: (309) 694-7501 (extension 223). You can also email him
Northern Illinois Farm Show Offers Educational
Educational meetings will be a featured attraction at
the Northern Illinois Farm Show on January 7 & 8. Topics
to be addressed will focus on numerous issues of concern to the
Sessions will be held both days in meeting rooms adjacent to
the main floor of the new Convocation Center. The meetings are
sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, DeKalb County
Farm Bureau, and DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District.
On Wednesday, January 7 Dale Durchholz, market analyst with
Illinois Farm Bureau will present a session on "What’s
in Store for 2004?" Dale will comment on grain and livestock
market prices and opportunities. This session will start at 10:30
a.m. on Wednesday and conclude at 11:45 a.m.
Starting at 1 PM on
Wednesday Ryan Eby, Site Specific Manager from Plainfield, IL,
will offer a session on State-of-The-Art
GPS System Analysis. Ryan will compare and contrast the latest
in GPS precision technology focusing on systems that farmers
are incorporating into their management plans. This session will
conclude at 2:15 p.m.
Thursday programming will begin with a session
Going on With Land Prices? from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Porter
Martin of Martin, Goodrich and Waddell in addition to Mark Akers
of Farm Credit Services will comment on current land values and
the seven megatrends impacting demand.
At Noon on Thursday Al
Kluis will present a Market Outlook session.
Focus on the Land
will be the final education session on Thursday from 2:00 – 3:15
p.m. Mark Bramstedt, NRCS Soil Scientist, and Mike Hirschi, U
of I Soil & Water Specialist, will address
water quality issues and introduce the nomenclature regarding
the new soil classifications.
Private Pesticide Applicator testing
will also be conducted on both days of the Farm Show. Illinois
Department of Agriculture
will conduct the testing between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00
p.m. Individuals needing to renew their PPA license may take
the test at one of
these times. No test will begin after 1:00 p.m.
Heartland Aquaculture Conference January 9 and 10
Rend Lake Resort & Conference
Center Whittington, Illinois
For more information contact the
Missouri Aquaculture Association web site at www.moaa.pond.org
or in Illinois Dan Selock 618-536-4451.
Farm Conservation Telenet
Landowners and agricultural producers need to take a
look at the conservation provisions of the farm bill. There are
of programs that take land out of continuous row-crop production
and help landowners financially if they enroll it in one of the
many state/federal conservation programs. To help landowners
and producers understand their options, a statewide Farm Conservation
Programs Telenet has been scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at local Extension Unit Offices.
and Nutrient Management: Decision-Making for 2004
will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee for these seminars
is $10 per person and pre-registration is required.
The deadline is one week prior to each scheduled meeting. Please
send your name, address, county and registration fee to the appropriate
The dates and locations for the seminars are
- January 14, 2004. Richard’s Farm Restaurant,
Casey, Ill. Send registrations to: Clark Extension Unit, 15493
N. State Highway
1, Marshall, IL 62441; phone (217)-826-5422.
- January 15, 2004.
Madison County Extension Office, Edwardsville, Ill. Send registrations
to: Madison Extension Unit, 900 Hillsboro,
Box 427, Edwardsville, IL 62025; phone (618)-692-7700.
28, 2004. Holiday Inn, Normal, Ill. Send registrations to: McLean
Extension Unit, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, IL
61704; phone (309)-663-8306.
- January 29, 2004. Kishwaukee
College, Malta, Ill. Send registrations to: DeKalb County Soil & Water
Conservation District, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178;
phone (815)-756-3234, extension
- January 30, 2004. Holiday Inn, Annawan, Ill. Send registrations
to: Henry/Stark Extension Unit, P.O. Box 74, Galva, IL 61434;
Connecting Illinois Watersheds
The first statewide conference
on watershed management will be held in Peoria, Illinois at
the Holiday Inn Brandywine
5 and 6, 2004. Organizers of the conference hope to provide
an educational setting where watershed planning groups
more about watershed management and network with others
interested in preserving and improving watershed health. Registration
for the conference is $25. Registration forms and additional
is available online at www.watershed.uiuc.edu or through
local Extension offices.