This year marks the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Extension. The extension began in 1914 when Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act that established extension services at the nation’s land-grant universities.
A big part of the Extension’s focus has been on agricultural outreach and support. There were also extension programs on home economics and food preservation that were designed to help rural families. However, the U of I Extension has shifted its focus over the last century to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers recently talked about some of those changes with U of I Extension Director George Czapar.
About a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm.
The event opening Tuesday night at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur is being called The Macon County Fairgrounds Festival, not a county fair.
One community garden is getting the wheels turning on a mobile produce market. Prosperity Gardens is serving the community in a new way.
Warm temperatures and extreme weather will thwart agriculture production and threaten U.S. food security, an executive-branch assessment on climate change released in early May found.
Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued a draft version of a key permit needed for Cronus Chemicals LLC to build and operate a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola.
Farmers have been collecting data about their farms for decades.
Federal statistics show sales from Illinois organic farms more than tripled during a five-year period.
Urbana’s Market at the Square kicks off Saturday with a new feature – alcohol sales.