Bison Bluff Farms Hosts Third Summer Twilight Meeting

The University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Stewardship Alliance have teamed up with area farmers to provide four twilight meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois.  Anyone involved or interested in local food production is encouraged and invited to attend.

Bison Bluff Farms is excited to be hosting our third twilight meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 6-8 PM.  During this meeting, you will have the unique opportunity to see firsthand some of the similarities and differences between bison and cattle production.  Located in Union County east of Cobden, IL, Bison Bluff Farms is owned and operated by Clifton Howell and his family, and consists of over 350 bison roaming on more than 1,000 acres.  The bison are grass fed, supplemented with some grain and minerals, with no chemicals or hormones added.

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Over the course of the evening, Clifton will talk about his experiences in raising and selling bison in southern Illinois.  Patty Coffman, Area Resource Conservationist, USDA-NRCS, will provide information on basic grazing principles, and Lori L. Miser, DVM, Veterinary Supervisor, IDOA-Division of Food Safety and Animal Protection, will provide information and answer questions on State of Illinois Meat and Poultry inspections and licensing.

DATE:              Monday, August 18, 2014

TIME:               6-8 PM

LOCATION:      Bison Bluff Farms, 1565 Bethel Church Rd., Cobden, IL  62920

DIRECTIONS:

FROM THE NORTH:  Drive south on Route 51 from Carbondale. After passing the university, you will come to a stoplight at Pleasant Hill Road. Go through the light and travel south on 51 for 12.6 miles until you come to Wing Hill Road. Turn left (east) on Wing Hill Road and go 2.1 miles to Bethel Church Road. Turn left (north) on Bethel Church Road and go 1.6 miles to Bison Bluff Farms.

FROM THE SOUTH:  At the intersection of Routes 146 and 51 in Anna, drive north on Route 51 for 4.5 miles to Wing Hill Road. Turn right (east) on Wing Hill Road and go 2.1 miles to Bethel Church Road. Turn left (north) on Bethel Church Road and go 1.6 miles to Bison Bluff Farms.

This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is required.  Please register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/ no later than August 17, 2014.  We would like to thank the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for their sponsorship of these meetings.  For more information or to register by phone, please call Bronwyn Aly at 618-382-2662 or email baly@illinois.edu .