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Commercial Agriculture spans a wide range of topics and works to address the needs of various producers. The expertise of our local educational specialists combined with the resources of the statewide Illinois Extension system form a powerful source of information and insight for agricultural producers in our region. 

Looking for an answer to a specific question? Contact one of our educators to learn more about how Illinois Extension is prepared to help.

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Americans have never been more interested in understanding where their food comes from and how it was grown and prepared. From the use of pesticides during the growing season to the practice of composting food waste, there is a lot of information available through Illinois Extension that provides insight into how fruits, vegetables, and food products move through their life cycle. The Local Foods & Small Farms program provides resources to help consumers and producers better understand their role and responsibilities within the local food movement. 

Looking for an answer to a specific question?  Contact our local foods and small farms educator, Grant McCarty, to learn more about how Illinois Extension is prepared to help.

Ag in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom is a statewide educational program. Its goal is to help students, teachers, and the general public gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. Ag in the Classroom is offered through the University of Illinois Extension Ogle County in partnership with Ogle County Farm Bureau, Carroll County Farm Bureau, Ogle County Soil & Water, and Carroll County Soil & Water. To request materials, please contact Melinda Colbert by phone, 815-732-2191 or by email, More information about Agriculture in the Classroom can also be found by visiting the following websites: