DuPage County Farm Bureau

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New Berlin, Ill. – This weekend, a farm family from Sangamon County was featured in a commercial during football’s greatest game. Marty, Shelia, Martin Jr. and Evan Marr were spotlighted in a video series highlighting family farmers. “Our farming operation is a family affair,” said Marty Marr, also the former President of the IL Corn…

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Planning, designing a native garden

URBANA, Ill. – Those who love gardening, wildflowers, or who are tired of mowing expansive lawns should consider creating a native plant garden. Gemini Bhalsod, a horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension, says many native gardens can be incorporated into any existing landscape, even if space is limited. The idea is to include plants, trees,…

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How to care for a living Christmas Tree

URBANA, Ill. – Those thinking green this holiday season may want to skip the tree lot and consider buying a living evergreen to plant outside after Christmas. “The easy part is buying the tree,” says Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Caring for it after when it’s inside and during planting will ensure the…

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Innovation Consulting Community team proposes sustainable farming container at ISU

In just a few months, a team of motivated students put together a proposal to implement a shipping container farm on Illinois State’s campus. “Self-motivation is impressive to employers,” said Marketing Professor Dr. Peter Kaufman, one of the founders of the Innovation Consulting Community (ICC). “Most students are taught one discipline in school, but world problems are…

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Univ. of Illinois Extension and Illinois Milk Producers Assoc. Partner to showcase Dairy Technology

The Illinois Milk Producers Association and University of Illinois Extension will host the 8th annual Dairy Technology Showcase Friday, June 28, 2019. The tour will highlight dairy technology and dairy management at Lenkaitis Holsteins Dairy Farm in Kane County near St. Charles, Illinois. “These tours provide an excellent opportunity for Illinois dairy farmers and industry…

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Plant Your Vegetable Garden Early

URBANA, Ill. – If you’re itching for homegrown tomatoes this year, now is the perfect time to plan your vegetable garden. “Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money at the grocery store, get some exercise, and teach kids where their produce comes from,” says Gemini Bhalsod, a University of Illinois Extension…

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NEW ORLEANS — Voting delegates at the 100TH annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), including 21 delegates from Illinois addressed Illinois Farm Bureau’s (IFB) priority issues, including submittals on trade, transportation, legal advocacy and Health Savings Account (HSA) reform. “Our delegates were instrumental in promoting and debating several key policy resolutions to…

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DuPage County Master Gardener Volunteers Log 8,750 Hours of Service in 2018

University of Illinois Extension of DuPage County recognized its Master Gardeners with the 27th Annual Master Gardener Celebration in November. The volunteer group has already completed 8,750 hours of service for 2018. In addition, the group of 113 volunteers directly reached more than 9,000 people, and the Master Gardeners also helped grow and harvest more…

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