SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has released final harvest numbers from the 2020 hemp growing season. IDOA issued 802 Hemp Growers licenses for the 2020 season. Hemp farmers reported 2,734 acres planted resulting in 2,392 acres harvested. The 2020 numbers are... Read More.
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host junior livestock and horse shows providing Illinois’ youth with an opportunity to show their animals during an unprecedented show season. The Junior Livestock Expo will take place in Springfield over the course of two weekends... Read More.
Governor Bruce Rauner joined Ag Director Raymond Poe and members of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission to honor Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro, the first family to be bestowed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bicentennial Farm designation. The family was presented with this... Read More.
Recently the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of high path avian influenza (HPAI)... Read More.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants. The agency anticipates Illinois will receive roughly $525,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to distribute to state projects; however, the exact dollar amount has yet to... Read More.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to initiate the required regulatory steps to declare any plants infected with Boxwood Blight a nuisance in the State of Illinois. A public information meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Department's intent to declare Boxwood Blight a nuisance... Read More.
Saturday, October 15th marks the beginning of the annual Medicare open enrollment period. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is reminding eligible older adults to use this time to review their plan options. The Department offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals... Read More.
On Monday, August 15th, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host a variety of activities for seniors, their families and friends during Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair. Events hosted by IDoA will be held in the air-conditioned Illinois Building located near... Read More.