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IDOA Tent at FPS to showcase crops, livestock

Stop by the IDOA tent at the Farm Progress Show to pick up 840 AIN tags for free and check out a big display of cover crops and hemp.

Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

August 21, 2023

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GLOBAL GRAIN: The International Grain Buyers tour is back this year. The group will tour central Illinois and attend the Farm Progress Show on Aug. 29.Holly Spangler

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is back at the Farm Progress Show with a new display and information for every farmer in the state.

“The Illinois Department of Agriculture is excited to once again bring IDOA professionals to the Farm Progress Show for face-to-face dialogue,” says Jerry Costello, state ag director. “We often hear from those in our ag communities via email or phone, so to be able to put a face with a name is something we always look forward to.”

In the IDOA Tent, you’ll find representatives to talk about topics such as the anhydrous ammonia inspection program, how to check if your grain dealer is licensed and the latest cannabis regulation.

Jackie Sambursky, IDOA bureau chief for marketing, promotions and grants, says they’ll also have representatives from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Rural Development, Farm Service Agency and Risk Management, along with FieldWatch and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office.

IDOA will also hold its international grain tour, back for the first time since the pandemic, on Aug. 29. And if you’re a livestock producer, stop by early as 840 animal ID number tags, approved by USDA, will be given away, saving you on shipping costs.

Another first for this year: a large cover crop and hemp display. Look for two 30-by-10-foot beds with cover crops, and three containers of hemp plants.

“We’ll have cannabinoid hemp, grain hemp and fiber hemp to demonstrate the fullest range of possible uses for this versatile plant,” Sambursky says, which are:

  • cannabinoid hemp for CBD products

  • grain hemp for consumables, such as hemp hearts and seeds

  • hemp grain for food with its omega-3 fatty acids and protein

  • fiber hemp for industrial purposes, such as clothing and rope

Look for fun giveaways, too, like Illinois product bags, “Buy local” stickers and pollinator seed packets. Sambursky says they’ll also have crafts and coloring books for kids.

“We love to meet the people who make agriculture Illinois’ No. 1 industry, so being at the Farm Progress Show is very special for us! It’s a pleasure to bring the professionals at the Illinois Department of Agriculture to the show,” she adds.

Bureau by bureau

IDOA departments will offer lots to see:

Weights and Measures. See displays of trucks used to test volume for motor fills and equipment to inspect grain moisture testers.

Ag Products Inspection. Find information on the new training requirements and on-farm storage for anhydrous ammonia.

Environmental Programs. Staff will be on hand to answer questions on pesticides and pollinator protection.

Land and Water Resources. Learn about the Fall Cover for Spring Savings program, nutrient loss reduction updates and more.

Warehouses. Learn how to request a grain elevator’s license certificate and ensure elevators are licensed.

Meat and Poultry Inspection. Inspectors, supervisors and veterinarians will answer questions on food safety, storage and preparation of meat and poultry.

Marketing, Promotion and Grants. Applications will be available for the centennial, sesquicentennial and bicentennial farm programs. Apply for the Homegrown by Heroes program and more.

The 2023 Farm Progress Show is Aug. 29-31. Learn more at, and check out the digital edition of the official program.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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