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WIU Allison Farm Field Day

The 2014 WIU/Allison Farm field day took place on Thursday August 14th at the Dakin and Allison Farms in southwest Warren County, Illinois. Insights on this year's theme, Monitoring and Managing Crop Health and Quality, was shared by a crop consultant, a crop breeder, a grain processor and the director of the WIU organic research program. The keynote presentation by John Kempf of Advancing Eco-Agriculture (http://www.growbetterfood.com/), explored relationships between crop nutrition and crop health with an emphasis on field and laboratory methods of monitoring crop nutritional status. Additional speakers included Dr. Walter Goldstein of the Mandaamin Institute (www.mandaamin.org), John Pape of World Food Processing (www.worldfoodprocessing.com) and Dr. Joel Gruver of the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University. In addition, Dr. Gruver moderated a farmer panel discussion featuring successful organic grain farmers in the region.

Events began at 9:30 at the Dakin Farm shop. A free lunch featuring local farm products was served. Around 1:30 pm, the program transitioned to the Allison Farm where a walking tour of research and production fields and an equipment demonstration took place.

Contact

Andy Clayton at (309) 298-1172 or (217) 322-2639 or the WIU School of Agriculture Main Office (309) 298-1080.

Directions to the Dakin Farm shop - 130 20th St., Roseville, IL 61473

If arriving from the north, travel on Rt. 67 five miles south of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 116 intersection in Roseville to County Rd. 20th Ave. N, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the south-east corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.

If arriving from the south, travel on Rt. 67 seven miles north of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 9 intersection in Good Hope to County Rd. 20th Ave. N (2 miles north of the Warren County line), then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the south-east corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.

The Allison farm is located 0.7 miles north of the Dakin Farm. Signs will be posted.

Contact Information

Dr. Joel Gruver
Office: Knobluch Hall 302
Phone: (309) 298-1215
Email: J-Gruver@wiu.edu

Mr. Andy Clayton
Office: Knoblauch Hall 303
Phone: (309) 298-1172
Email: AW-Clayton@wiu.edu

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