Featured Resources

Technical Service Provider Training

The Technical Service Providers Training website provides information about upcoming courses for TSP’s, Certified Crop Advisors, and how to develop Nutrient Management Plans.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Training modules to prepare for the private applicator test


Keep up with the latest news in the agriculture industry with farmdoc daily. The farmdoc website provides round-the-clock access to seamless and integrated information and analysis.

Illinois Manure Share

A manure exchange program that connects gardeners in search of organic materials to livestock owners who have excess.

Resource Collections

Commercial Agriculture is a broad and diverse area of study. We've organized our resources into several topical themes to help you dig more deeply into your areas of interest. From educational curriculum units to websites devoted to deeply exploring a single topic area, our resource collection represents best practices based on both proven and emerging research and the work of our professional education staff.


Livestock  -  Crops  -   Pests and Diseases  -  Research and Analysis

Sustainability  -  Certifications  -  Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters



Illinois Livestock TRAIL

Research from University of Illinois Extension animal systems specialists

Illinois Manure Management Plan (IMMP)

The electronic version of the Illinois Manure Management Plan workbook

Manure Share

A manure exchange program connecting gardeners and landscapers with livestock owners who have excess manure

Additional Livestock Resources

Educational lessons


Crop Sciences Research and Education Center

The oldest agricultural research field in the U.S., including 1,000 acres of research fields

Illinois Drought Resources

Dealing with the heat and drought in Illinois

Soybean Rust

The latest USDA information on soybean rust

Additional Crops Resources


Pests and Diseases

University of Illinois Plant Clinic

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

Integrated Pest Management

Controlling insects, weeds, and plant pathogens with environmentally and economically sound practices

Research and Analysis

Illinois Agritourism

Information on business development, resources, and upcoming events


Interpretation of Illinois agricultural and horticultural regulations

Agricultural Safety and Health

Research-based information and resources about the prevention of injury and illness while working in agriculture

Illinois MarketMaker

An interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Illinois

Additional Research and Analysis Resources

  • Northwestern Illinois Agricultural R&D Center: 320-acre facility, established in 1980 near Monmouth in Warren County
  • Orr Agricultural R&D Center: 478 acres of cropland, pasture and woodland located in western Illinois
  • The Dudley Smith Initiative: Innovative research and outreach that advances innovations within the agricultural system
  • Variety Testing Program: Annual crop performance tests to agronomic information on hybrids and varieties of the major Illinois field crops
  • Illinois IDEA: Research, education, and services that encourage farmers to adopt entrepreneurial marketing strategies
  • EZregs: Interpretation of Illinois agricultural and horticultural regulations



Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program)

Promotes sustainability research and education that protects Illinois' natural and human resources

Illinois Small Farms

Information about upcoming events and resources relating to small farms and sustainable agriculture


Certified Crop Adviser

Online courses for CCA credit

Certified Livestock Manager Training

Details for commercial haulers, state and federal rules, manure share program, and the Illinois Manure Management Plan

Private Applicator Training

Online course to assist private pesticide applicators preparing for the licensing examination

Additional Certification Resources


Acres of Knowledge: All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and the Natural Resources.

The Ag Engineering Update: The latest and greatest from your livestock engineers.

Around the County: Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences.

The Cattle Blog: Beef production tips and livestock industry updates.

The Cattle Connection: The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies.

Straight Stalk: Current crop information updates and research highlights.

Cash Rents Podcast: Dr. Gary Schnitkey explores farm and risk management