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Our waterways, soil, and wildlife are a public good and farmers should be rewarded for protecting them.

Cover crops are an important conservation tool for farmers. They naturally add organic matter to the soil, prevent nutrient runoff, and keep our waterways clean. Over time they help farmers reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers and chemicals. But planting cover crops costs money and time. To encourage farmers to adopt cover crops, Illinois is […]

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Take Action! You can make a statewide SNAP match program at farmers markets real for Illinois families and farmers

SNAP Match programs at farmers markets help our most vulnerable populations afford fresh fruits and vegetables while also keeping federal SNAP dollars in the pockets of family farmers in our state. This Spring, you have the opportunity to help every community across the state match SNAP purchases for low income shoppers at you local farmers […]

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance Releases Industrial Hemp Guide

 Illinois Industrial Hemp growers and processors now have a how-to guide for navigating the state’s new industrial hemp application process Springfield – On Friday, Illinois Department of Agriculture is expected to release the Industrial Hemp Cultivator and Processor applications to allow farmers to apply for a permit to grow industrial hemp in Illinois for the […]

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Local Food Lobby Day 2019

Earlier this month, Illinois Stewardship Alliance hosted our 10th annual Local Food Lobby Day! That’s 10 years of bringing farmers and eaters together across the state to meet with their legislators and drive change for a better food system. If we’ve learned anything in these past 10 years, it’s that real people make a difference. […]

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CSP and EQIP Sign-up Deadlines are Right Around the Corner

Farmers and ranchers have less than one month to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Deadline for Filing Initial CSP Application – May 10, 2019 Deadline for Filing Initial EQIP Application – April 19, 2019 and May 17, 2019 The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and […]

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Where are those bills now?

This past winter, farmers and eaters across the state identified key policy priorities for this legislative session. Illinois Stewardship Alliance, in coalition with partners across the state, has been working hard to put those priorities into motion. Check out the bills and appropriations we’ve been working on, and where they are now! SUPPORT FAMILY FARMS […]

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Campfire Potluck and Camp Out with Woody

The work of our Conservation Associate Robert Woodruff has touched the lives of so many farmers and friends. Woody has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for how all things work together in nature and in our communities. For years his farm has served as a living example of what a regenerative farm should […]

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Bill Helping Farmers Reduce Costly Erosion and Runoff Advances to State Senate

A bill green-lighting the inclusion of soil health best practices among the list of resources that local Soil Water Conservation Districts are allowed to provide Illinois farmers advanced out of the Illinois State House chamber yesterday by a unanimous vote. HB 2737, sponsored by State Rep. Michael Halpin (D – Rock Island), will help farmers […]

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You can make SNAP Match at farmers markets real for Illinois families and farmers

Juana shared her story about how much the SNAP match at the Bloomington Farmers Market means to her family. We changed her name to protect her privacy. Juana uses SNAP benefits at the Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market every week. Her market is one of a handful across the state that also offers a SNAP match […]

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See Your Impact! Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2018 Annual Report

2018 was a game-changing year for our vision of a more resilient, vibrant and just local food system a reality.  Thanks to Alliance members who rallied across the state, the Alliance not only passed three major state laws that build local food businesses, diversify the landscape, address food access, and bring economic opportunity to our […]

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