Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
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University of Illinois Agriculture Events

New programs are being confirmed every day. Keep in touch with your Extension Office for programs addressing the topics that interest you and are offered in your county. To find your county website go to: http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/ve/


Statewide University of Illinois Extension Calendar Website

To search for programs throughout the state, check out Extension’s searchable calendar. Search by location, topic or date to find a program of you interest.


What’s New in Drainage? Workshops Set

Everyone interested in new drainage information and the revised Illinois Drainage Guide should put one of these workshops on their calendar. What everyone should know about drainage system design and installation issues will be the theme of the workshops. University of Illinois researchers and Extension specialists will present highlights of the new drainage guide and recent research results. Information on narrower tile spacing, new tile products, shallow tile installation, nitrogen loss reduction techniques and drainage law will be among the topics presented. A contractors panel will discuss local issues and provide an installers perspective on drainage systems.

The dates and locations are:
Feb. 11 at Rend Lake College, Ina
Feb. 13 at Hancock County Extension Office, Carthage
Feb 16 at Countryside Banquet Facilities, East Peoria
Feb. 17 at Holcomb State Bank, Rochelle
Feb. 19 at Kankakee Extension Office, Kankakee
Feb. 20 at Christian Extension Office, Taylorville

Reservation will be due one week before a meeting. For more information, contact Stanley Solomon, Engineering Technology Educator, East Peoria Extension Center at 309 694 7501, or your local University of Illinois Extension office.


Grant Writing Workshops

Illinois producers and agriculture professionals can learn how to write grant proposals for two sustainable agriculture programs--North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR SARE) Producer Grant Program and the Illinois Department of Agriculture's C-2000 Sustainable Agriculture Program at workshops in January and February held throughout the State of Illinois.

  • January 21 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Macon County, 2535 Millikin Parkway, Decatur
  • January 23 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Knox County and Henderson/Mercer and Warren Unit, Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Road, Galesburg
  • January 26 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Randolph County, 313 W. Belmont, Sparta
  • January 28 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County and Purdue University Extension, Vermilion County 4-H Grounds, IL Hwy 1 North, Paris
  • January 29 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Effingham County and Jasper/Cumberland Unit, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham
  • January 30 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais
  • February 3 Hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Pike County and Adams/Brown Unit, 1301 E. Washington, Pittsfield

The workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each workshop will offer individual grant writing assistance.

Although there is no charge for the workshops, registration is required. Registration is available online at http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/asap/grants.html or by contacting Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-968-5512 or cvnghgrn@uiuc.edu.

Information about the IDOA program, is available at http://www.agr.state.il.us/C2000/index.html.