USDA measuring nutrient management practices of Illinois farmers

Surveys mailed last month information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 5, 2019) – Farmers should expect a survey in the mail soon, as the United States Department of Agriculture works to measure nutrient management practices. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting a survey of Illinois farmers … Read more

Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau releases 2019 Visitors Guide

by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 28, 2019) – Last week, the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CSCVB) announced the release of the 2019 Visitors Guide. The 88-page guide is filled with activities, events, and venues that attract visitors to the Chicago Southland, including getaway ideas, interactive fun for kids, nature centers, and more. … Read more

SNAP benefits will continue through February during federal shutdown

But will be issued earlier than usual—on January 20 information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services CHICAGO, Ill. (January 12, 2019) – February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be funded through the end of February, but they will be issued to Illinois customers on or before January 20. Typically, benefits are … Read more

Expanding the market for ‘pesky but tasty’ Asian carp

New grant program available information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 23, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that companies and individuals interested in expanding demand for food and other products using Asian carp caught in Illinois waters are invited to apply for grant funding to assist their marketing … Read more

Dutch Fest 2018 scheduled for Saturday

information provided by Elim Christian Services CRESTWOOD, Ill. (September 17, 2018) – The 23rd Annual Elim Dutch Festival begins at 7:30am this Saturday, September 22. The annual event is held on the grounds of Elim Christian Services, 13020 S. Central Avenue in Crestwood, Illinois. Admission and parking are free. The day includes a variety of … Read more

VanDerGriend’s Farm Stand to be included in Rachael Ray Show

Tuesday, September 18, 10:00am, on WGN-TV by Melanie Jongsma LYNWOOD, Ill. (September 15, 2018) – “Super exciting news,” posted Scott VanDerGriend on the VanDerGriends Farm Stand Facebook page Thursday afternoon. “I will be on the Rachael Ray show on Tuesday September 18th giving produce tips on blueberries.” VanDerGriend explains that Tuesday’s show is a “farm … Read more