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November 1, 2019

 

 
 

In Brown County, Indiana, tourism is the second largest industry and is the biggest employer, right behind government jobs. The county’s landscape is a draw, dating back to the early 1900s, when the county attracted artists to paint its hills, forests and other landscapes. “It gets pretty nutty around here in the fall,” said Aubrey Sitzman, public relations coordinator for the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2017, visitors spent nearly $43 million in the county. Sitzman estimates around three million people visit the county per year, with one million visiting in October. Visitors who come during the fall season help the local economy by booking hotels, to the point where there are no available rooms, and providing local shops with more business. Sitzman added that restaurants and retail shops do 30 to 40% of their business for the whole year in the fall, specifically in October. To see the leaves in real time, check out the Brown County Leaf Cam.

 
 

Researchers and Extension Specialists from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are asking Illinois growers to share planting, harvest, and yield data to learn from the extraordinary growing conditions experienced this year. “What we have is a giant, unplanned, and involuntary experiment that is being conducted by Illinois farmers this year,” said Emerson Nafziger, professor emeritus in the U of I College of ACES. “This experiment can help us understand the ramifications of how planting date and variety maturity affect overall yields.” Using an anonymous online form, email, or the U.S. Postal Service, farmers can share very simple parameters from this year’s crop. “The opportunity to collect a small amount of data on a large number of fields will help Extension provide better guidance if we find ourselves in this kind of situation again in the future,” said Chelsea Harbach, an Extension educator at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center near Monmouth. The researchers request data on the 2019 corn and soybean crop from fields in every county of Illinois, and encourage farmers to respond by the end of December, 2019. More information on the project is here: https://extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/2019-delayed-planting-impact-study A printable version of the survey is available as well. Download here: https://extension.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/2019plantingdateyieldsurvey.pdf

 

 

 
 

University of Illinois Extension’s Springfield office will host an Introduction to Industrial Hemp Workshop November 25th from 1PM-4PM. Extension Educator Phillip Alberti, will discuss grain, fiber, and CBD production and the many applications for industrial hemp. Production systems and planting methods will be demonstrated, along with issues faced throughout the growing season. There is a $5 per person fee to cover supplies. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at https://extension.illinois.edu/lms or by calling 217-782-4617.

 

 
 

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, at Noon CST for Minimum Wage in Illinois, presented by Dr. Robert Bruno and Frank Manzo IV. Dr. Bruno is Director of the Labor Studies Program, Professor of Labor and Employment, and Director of the Project for Middle Class Renewal in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Frank Manzo IV, is the Policy Director of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI). Professor Bruno has given expert testimony to the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the Illinois House and Senate Committees on Labor and Commerce. Our presenters co-authored Raising the Minimum Wage: What $10, $13, or $15 Per Hour Would Mean for Illinois. During the webinar, they will cover relevant public sector workplace practices and labor and employment policy implications regarding raising the minimum wage in Illinois. REGISTER HERE

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 12 (Springfield, IL) - Rural Partners lunch and information session addressing the 2020 Census; Noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rural Partners at info@ruralpartners.org

November 14 (LGE Webinar) - Minimum Wage in Illinois

November 21 (LGE Webinar) - Ready to Diversify: Lessons Learned from Coal Communities Across the Country

November 25 (Springfield) - Introduction to Industrial Hemp (Extension Workshop)

December 2 (Deadline) - Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

December 12 (LGE Webinar) - Economic Impact of Plant/Mine Closures & Making the Case for Solar/Wind