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Improve Profitability, Sustainability of Local Food, Small Farm Operations
Illinois Ag Connection - 01/19/2021

There is no off season on the farm. Winter is a chance for small producers to gain new knowledge. The University of Illinois Extension 2021 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series offers 10 free weekly sessions with tools to improve profitability and sustainability for local foods and small farm specialty operations.

Starting Jan. 21, Extension and industry experts will provide practical knowledge producers can use on emerging topics that advance local food and specialty crop production in Illinois. Topics include biological pest control, aquaculture, cut flower production, regenerative grazing, and accessing wholesale markets.

Sessions run noon to 1 p.m. CT Thursdays Jan. 21 through March 25. To register for one or more of the following sessions or for more information, one may visit

Jan. 21: Exploring Cover Crops and No-till in Tomato & Pepper Production Systems, presented by Nathan Johanning

Jan. 28: Augmentative Biological Control in Protected Culture and Greenhouses, presented by Dr. Kacie Athey

Feb. 4: Aquaculture and Aquaponics: An Overview For Urban Agriculture, presented by Andrew Coursey

Feb. 11: So You Want to Be a Farmer, Value-Added Producer?, presented by Andy Larson

Feb. 18: Spring and Summer Bulbs for Cut Flower Production, presented by Candice Hart

Feb. 25: Regenerative Grazing: Could It Work on Your Farm?, presented by Doug Gucker and Katie Bell

March 4: Grower Spotlight: Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains, presented by Jeff Hake

March 11: Containerized Production: Options When Quality Native Soil Isn't An Option, presented by Zack Grant

March 18: Food Desert or Food Apartheid?, presented by Grace Margherio and Joey Fonseca

March 25: Too Small for Wholesale Markets? Think Again, presented by Kathryn Pereira and Chicago Food Action Policy Council staff Marlie Wilson and Dakarai Howard

Each program will be recorded and made available to registered participants following the live session. Past programs are available on YouTube at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Zach Grant at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for the requested accommodation.

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