Upcoming Meeting

An Update on Farm Policy

November 10, 2014
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor, Illinois Room
Chicago, IL 60606
http://www.illinicenter.illinois.edu/

Jonathan Coppess will update The Chicago Farmers on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO FARMERS!

Be sure to join us for our November meeting as we welcome Jonathan Coppess from the University of Illinois who will update The Chicago Farmers on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. 


Thank you to all that attended our October 6th luncheon and to our keynote speaker Dave Robison, forage and cover crop manager for Legacy Seeds, for discussing the short and long term benefits, both ecologically and economically, of the use of cover crops, and how both are important to farmers and landowners. 

Dave gave The Chicago Farmers’ members a lot to think about following his presentation. Thanks to TCF Board members Dan Stokes (left) and Mark Thorndyke (right) for putting together an informative program.

Dave’s topic was timely as he noted that 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils by the 68th UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/232). Dave noted the IYS aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions.

During his presentation, Dave observed that cover crops improve soil health by reducing weeds, erosion and nutrient run off. At the same time, the cover crops improve biology and the health of the soil and encourage more activity by earthworms, nature’s little aerators.

“As we build our soil, we build consistent earning capacity,” related Dave. “However, cover crops can become weeds when not managed properly. As a result, some of the cover crops can be a failure.”

In response to a question, Dave said that there can be problems with winter annuals: earthworms don’t work with them. So, be cautious with their  use.


 

2015 International Study Tour

The Chicago Farmers' spring 2015 study group is off to The Netherlands departing from Chicago on April 19 and returning on April 26.  The tentative itinerary includes visits to a Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division facility, mushroom farm, greenhouse of strawberries, dairy cattle farm, indoor food market, an oyster and mussels farm and tulip fields.  Travelers will see Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Zeeland region and the Hague.

For more information contact us at 312-388-FARM.


 


 

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