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Meet Our New Board Candidates

Three candidates have been nominated to join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance board of directors in 2018.  Candidates were nominated by Alliance members, staff and board members. We’re happy to announce the candidates below, which will join the Board pending election results. All Illinois Stewardship Alliance members are eligible to vote.  Elections will be held online […]

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Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets– More than Just a Unique Shopping Experience

Post-Season Markets Support Family Farmers during Holiday Season, Build Tradition Springfield, IL – Some of the best local produce is at it’s peak just after the outdoor summer market closes. Springfield’s two holiday markets give farmers an opportunity to make the final sales of the season and give shoppers a chance to stock up on the […]

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Nurturing Diversity: A Farmer’s Quest

By Woody Woodruff I have never regretted any of the work I have done over the years on my farm to increase its biodiversity.  Originally, my goal for returning plant diversity to the prairie was to promote cleaner water by filtering farm chemicals and preventing soil loss. However, what I observed over time was that […]

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September Eat Local Challenge Increases Investment in Local Economy

Over the course of 30 days in September, 194 central Illinois residents took the Eat Local Challenge, pledging to spend $20 each week on locally-grown food and reinvesting between $15,000 and $32,000 in their communities. In addition to boosting the local economy, the Challenge also improved education surrounding the use of local food and where […]

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Hey Congress, Support The Local FARMS Act!

Here in Illinois, local farms and food businesses are creating jobs and feeding communities. But there are still missing links in the supply chain that make it hard to connect farmers and communities who want fresh, healthy food. Good news: a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week seeks to connect those missing links!  If […]

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200 Organization Letter to Congress on Agriculture Consolidation in the 2018 Farm Bill

Yesterday, a letter was distributed to Congress urging them to enforce antitrust laws and restore competition in livestock markets– largely controlled by only a few firms– by leveling the playing field for small and medium-size farmers.  Illinois Stewardship Alliance is proud to be among more than 200 organizations that signed on in support of the […]

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Local Flavors Week Brings Flavors of Central Illinois to Hometown Restaurants, Third Week of September

During Local Flavors Week customers can find a seasonal meal featuring ingredients from Central Illinois farmers at their favorite hometown restaurants. Local Flavors Week, a program of Illinois Stewardship Alliance, fosters connections between local chefs and farmers and gives residents of rural central Illinois communities an opportunity to experience the true flavors of Central Illinois. […]

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Local Food Legislative Package Signed into Law, Expanding Farmers Market Opportunities for 2018

New Public Acts will remove barriers to the production and sale of local food Farmers markets throughout Illinois will be able to offer even greater variety beginning January 1, 2018 thanks to a pair of local food bills that have now both been signed into law by Governor Rauner. The Local Food Business Opportunities Act […]

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Urge the House Ag Committee to Support Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture in the 2018 Farm Bill: Deadline Sept. 8th

Members of the U.S. House Ag Committee are preparing to write the next Farm Bill and they just came to Decatur last week for one of only a few Listening Sessions across the country. We were thrilled that 25 people we invited attended the session, and 10 got the opportunity to testify in person! Without […]

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Local Food & Sustainable Farming on the Congressional Record!

On Wednesday, August 30, Illinoisans had a very unique opportunity to speak on the congressional record to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture at a farm bill listening session in Decatur. The current farm bill expires in September 2018, and people are already mobilizing all around the country to weigh in on what the next […]

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