Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

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. 

Featured Resources

Certified Crop Advisor

Online courses for those working toward the Certified Crop Advisor designation


Making sense of agricultural and horticultural regulations in Illinois

Manure Central

A collection of worksheets, calculators, and other resources

University of Illinois Plant Clinic

Plant and insect identification, diagnosis of disease, insect, weed and chemical injury, and nematode assays

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Training modules to prepare for the private applicator test

Agricultural Safety and Health

Research-based resources to aid in the prevention of injury and illness in the agricultural industry

Illinois Agritourism

Resources for businesses that market farm-raised or produced products and outdoor experiences