The Illinois State Horticultural Society was formed in 1857 for the purpose of representing fruit tree producers, sharing research findings and promoting the industry to consumers. The Society is one of the oldest continuous operating membership organizations in the State of Illinois.
Membership is open to producer growers or anyone with an interest in the supporting industry. It is estimated that there are more than 200 commercial operations statewide. Presently, there are approximately 120 grower members from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.
The Society is governed by a group of producers and university researchers. Our board members include 11 elected directors, a past president, the Executive Secretary, and appointments from academia.
Chris Doll Scholarship: A scholarship fund has been set up at the University of Illinois to support eligible junior or senior horticulture majors with an interest in fruits or vegetables. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded each fall for a qualifying student. If there is ample proceeds in the scholarship fund, a second scholarship will be awarded in the same amount. All donations to the Chris Doll Scholarship Fund given through the ISGA will be forwarded to the U of I Foundation. These gifts will be considered a charitable, tax-deductible donation to the UIF. Contributions received by December 31 may be claimed on that year’s tax return with the tax docoumentation to be sent to donors after the first of the year. If you are interested in donating, please make check payable to ISGA with a note that it is for the Chris Doll Scholarship Fund and mail to: ISGA, 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61701. Questions: 309-557-2107, email@example.com.
Download ISHS Membership List Editor's note: Membership lists are not all-inclusive.
See Conference and Trade Show page for 2015 Cider Contest Entry Form and Cider Contest Press Release.
* Each January, the Society participates with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association and the University of Illinois Extension Service in the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show in Springfield, IL.
* The Society has taken the lead with the cider safety issue and provided a Hazard Critical Control Points Plan (HACCP) for cider maker members. Those rules can be found here.
Crop Insurance Reminders for Fruit Producers - Brian Frieden, USDA’s Risk Management Agency Director for the Springfield Region, offers a few basic reminders for producers with crop insurance. If you have a crop loss, notify your crop insurance agent. Your crop insurance company will discuss your options and send a loss adjuster to work the claim. For producers contemplating whether to maintain the crop for harvest, keep in mind that to adjust the production for quality the crop must reach maturity. The company can establish representative areas or strips to determine production if you decide not to maintain the entire crop. These areas must be maintained as you would under normal conditions until harvest. If you are considering removal of trees or vines, contact your insurance company before doing so to insure it doesn’t impact your claim. Acreage not capable of producing a crop this year should be maintained with next year’s crop in mind. Frieden encourages all fruit producers to discuss their claim with the agent and insurance company to understand the options available in this tough year.
Honey, The Americans Shrank The Apple Trees - When Zarrina Mulloboeva got invited to go apple picking the other day, she thought it would be a taste of home. She is an exchange student from Tajikistan, in central Asia — a country close to the ancestral homeland of apples. Her uncle has a small orchard. Click to read the full story
The Orchard of the Future - If asked what commercial fruit orchards might look like in the future – even up to a century from now – those who’ve studied orchards closely will give you a wide range of answers. The trend toward increasingly larger orchards being owned by increasingly fewer people or corporations will likely continue. Click to read the full story
Summer Horticulture Day Coordinator: Rachel Coventry, 3902 S. Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822. Phone: 217.359.5565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Denise Boggio, Boggio's Little Mtn. Orchard, 10746 N 950th Ave, Granville, IL 61326. Phone: 815.339.2245 E-mail: email@example.com
1st Vice President/Secretary: Jeff Broom, Broom Orchard, Inc., 12803 Broom Rd, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217.854.3514 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Vice President: Kurt Range, Southwestern IL College, 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221. Phone: 618.235-2700 E-mail: email@example.com
Treasurer: Craig Tanner, 740 State Rte 40, Speer, IL 61479. Phone: 309.493.7781 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raoul Bergensen, Valley Orchard, 703 Jarvis Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088-8332. Phone: 815.335.7158 E-mail: email@example.com
Steve Bock, 11747 Waterman Rd., Waterman, IL 60556. Phone: 815.264.3407 E-mail: thebocks@honeyhillorchard
Patrick Curran, Curran's Apple Orchard, 641 Paris Ave, Rockford, IL 61107. Phone: 815.398.7504 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Norton, Royal Oak Farm, 15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 815.648.4141 E-mail: email@example.com
Dennis Ringhausen, 24748 Reddish Rd., Fieldon, IL 62031. Phone: 618.498.6951 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Schwartz, P.O. Box 885, Centralia, IL 62920. Phone: 618.322.7027 E-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Mohammed Babadoost, U of I Dept. of Crop Sciences, N-533A Turner Hall, 1102 S Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone: 217.333.1523 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Chris Eckert, Eckert's Orchard, 946 S Greenmount Rd, Belleville, IL 62220. Phone: 618.234.1955 E-mail: Chris@eckerts.com