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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Redefining ‘Local Foods’

New law positions local businesses for success SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation redefining what shall be considered “local” food in the state of Illinois, making it easier for Illinois-based food producers and manufacturers to compete for state procurement contracts that prioritize “local foods”. Prior to the governor […]

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Rain, Rain Go Away

This year’s relentless rain is threatening farmer livelihood, but you can help. By Liz Rupel, policy organizer What a welcomed surprise the sunny skies were on June 25th to farmers that have been hoping for consecutive days of rays to dry out their wet, and in many cases, flooded soils. You may have been hearing […]

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Local food and conservation win big this legislative season

State legislature passes 2 bills, a resolution, and an appropriation to build regenerative, local food systems Increased efforts to organize, educate, and build coalitions paid off big this year for Illinois Stewardship Alliance members and supporters who worked hard this legislative season. Member hosted legislative farm tours, wrote op-eds, attended lobby days, and contacted their […]

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Join us at a Summer “Shindog” near you! Yeah, Shindog, you read that right.

We appreciate you! Let us show you. Join Illinois Stewardship Alliance at one of five “Summer Shindogs” on Thursdays from 5:00- 8:00pm at farms across Illinois this summer. July 11: Radical Roots Organic Farm, Northern ILJuly 18: Funks Grove Heritage Fruit & Grains Farm, Central ILJuly 25: Sunset Lakes Organics, Western ILAugust 1: Flora Bay […]

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The first industrial hemp seeds are sprouting across Illinois

By: Liz Rupel, Policy Organizer Industrial hemp cultivator and processing applications went live on the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s website at the end of April. Thanks to the dedicated team at the Department, many applications were approved in a matter of hours, which gave farmers a newly found appreciation for the state of Illinois. Fast […]

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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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