Organic sunflower seeds for birds, wildlife now available from WIU organic farm

Bird and wildlife enthusiasts can now purchase organic, locally grown sunflower seeds for their feathered and furry backyard friends. The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s Organic Research Program is selling 9 pound bags of black oilseed sunflower seeds for $10. The sunflowers were grown on the WIU Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm, which is located in Warren County.

According to Joel Gruver, assistant professor and manager of WIU’s Allison Farm, the School of Ag’s sale of the organic sunflower seeds provides you with an opportunity to take care of local wildlife while also supporting the WIU Organic Research Program.

“Those who purchase seeds will also be eligible to win a prize. Buyers can visit the WIU Organic Program website at and enter the number on the label of each bag,” Gruver said. Five bags have winning numbers that will entitle the buyer or buyers to a prize.”

To place an order, contact the School of Agriculture office from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, at (309) 298-1080 or send an email to WIU School of Agriculture Research Technician Andy Clayton at

Read more about WIU’s Organic Research Program at