Now You Can Learn About New Farmers Market Regulations and Help Shape New Ones

Have you heard about the new farmers market regulations that were recently signed into law?

Are you interested in learning about these new regulations?

Are you concerned with how these regulations will affect you?

Do you have ideas about what you types of changes you would like to see in farmers markets and the policies that govern them?

Would you like to help change existing regulations and shape new ones?

Now you can!

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Two webinars, Monday, August 25: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 28: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., will provide an opportunity for farmers market vendors and managers to learn about new regulations and reforms that impact farmers markets and provide input about future farmers market regulations. This year the Illinois General Assembly passed and Governor Quinn signed into law HB5657, Smarter Rules for Farmers Markets, that made a number of reforms to farmers market regulations in Illinois to support consistency, transparency and economic opportunity.  This webinar will provide an overview of the reforms that HB5657 made and what farmers and market managers need to know about the new law. Additionally, the Governor-appointed Illinois Farmers Market Task Force is currently reviewing all regulations for farmers markets in the state and will make recommendations for changes at the end of this year.  Farmers, farmers market managers and others have an opportunity to provide input on farmers market regulations which can include everything from the types of products sold at the farmers market to hand-washing stations, refrigeration, sampling, and more.

Both webinars will have the same content and will be held twice to accommodate a larger audience. For those who are unable to attend the webinar, written comments can be submitted Illinois Stewardship Alliance at isa@ilstewards.org or 230 Broadway, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701. To register for the webinar, click here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=10728 or call the Sangamon-Menard Extension office at (217) 782-4617.

The webinars are sponsored by Illinois Stewardship AllianceIllinois Farmers Market Association and University of Illinois Extension.  Questions? Call Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563 or email isa@ilstewards.org.