Local Foods & Small Farms

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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 composting food waste, Illinois Extension has 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. 

Ag Question?

Need help identifying an insect, weed, disease or figuring out what is harming your plants or trees? Or looking for resources on pesticides, grazing, new agriculture technologies, or alternative land uses? Contact Local Foods & Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker by email, call 217-877-6042, or submit your question here for research-based answers you can trust. 

Cash Rent Lease

Illinois Farmland Leasing & Rental Forms


Crop Share Lease Form

The lease form represents a basic model for an agricultural lease. The parties to the lease or their legal counsel may wish to consider modifications to better meet the needs of the particular landowner or tenant. 

Fixed Cash Rent Lease Form

The lease form represents a basic model for a fixed cash lease in which the farmer pays the landowner a fixed payment to rent the farmland. The term of the lease is one year. The parties to the lease or their legal counsel may wish to consider modifications to better meet the needs of the particular landowner or tenant. 

Livestock Share Lease Form

The lease form represents a basic model for an agricultural lease. The parties to the lease or their legal counsel may wish to consider modifications to better meet the needs of the particular landowner or tenant.

Pasture Lease Form

The lease form represents a basic model for an agricultural lease. The parties to the lease or their legal counsel may wish to consider modifications to better meet the needs of the particular landowner or tenant.

Pesticide Training

Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties hosts Private Applicator tests regularly as part of the Pesticide Safety Education Program. The testing schedule is posted on November 1. Pre-registration is required for all Training & Testing Clinics as well as Testing-only Sessions. 

Testing Schedule

Resources

Blogs, Podcasts, and More

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Get Central Illinois ag updates from the field.

Out Standing in the Field

Subscribe to Out Standing in the Field on iTunes, Google podcasts, or listen online.

Acres of Knowledge

A blog covering small farms, agriculture, local food systems, Central Illinois ag and natural resources.

The Bulletin

Illinois pest management and crop development information. 

Fruit & Vegetable News

A newsletter for Illinois' commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

University of Illinois Plant Clinic

Plant and insect identification and diagnosis.

Central Illinois Farmers Markets

Central Illinois is known for having some of the most productive farmland in the world. Supporting regional food providers encourages economic growth, benefits the environment, reduces your carbon footprint and promotes a safer food supply. 

Richland Farmers Market

3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Tuesdays | June to September
Richland Community College Campus | 1 College Park | Decatur | Northwest corner near Bistro Five Thirty Seven

Central Park/Downtown Market

8 a.m. to noon | Saturdays | June to October | Downtown Decatur

Crossing Healthcare

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Fridays | 320 Central Ave. | Decatur

L.B.'s Fresh Vegetables/Fruit

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Wednesday to Friday | Corner of E. Wood and S. Webster streets | Decatur

Maddox Sweet Corn Farm

Woodford-Mound Plaza | 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Monday to Saturday
201 Nelson Blvd. | Corner of E. Wood and Nelson Blvd. | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Wednesday to Saturday

Macon County Health Department

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Wednesdays | 1221 E. Condit St. | Decatur

Buds n' Blooms

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 2808 N. 22nd St. | Decatur

Monticello Farmers Market

3 to 6 p.m. | Thursdays | June to October | 201 N. State St. | Monticello

Clinton Market

8 a.m. to noon | Saturdays | Mr. Lincoln's Square | Downtown Clinton

Illinois Extension provides this information as a courtesy and does not endorse any company, products, or services over another.