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Upcoming Forum to Discuss Economic Potential of Industrial Hemp in the Greater Peoria Region

PEKIN, IL — Since the legalization of industrial hemp production at both the state and federal levels at the end of 2018, farmers hope to learn more about the market potential for a crop that has eluded industrial production in the United States for over 80 years. On Jan. 18, The Industrial Hemp Forum will […]

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Our Take on the Farm Bill Deal

Big investments in the “Tiny but Mighty” Local Ag Marketing and Beginning Farmer Programs show Farm-to-Table movement more than a fad But conservation cuts will hit Illinois producers and waterways hard Springfield, IL— Farm Bill negotiators reached a deal last night, releasing an 800-page draft Farm Bill. It’s a mixed bag for Illinois farmers, Illinois […]

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Old Capitol Farmers Market Breaks Records in 19th Season

The Old Capitol Farmers Market wrapped up its 19th season this year with growing numbers. The second year of Market data collection program not only revealed increased sales and attendance, but also the ways in which the Market contributes to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the Springfield community. NEW record: 65,856 total adult […]

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Join Us at a Buy Fresh Buy Local Happy Hour Meeting

Calling all farmers, market managers, farm-to-table chefs, and purveyors of local food. Struggling to reach new customers? Not enough time in the day to do the marketing you want? Join Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois for a free happy hour event to discuss a new proposal to grow our existing marketing campaign and connect […]

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Congress fails to pass new Farm Bill; leaves farmers, eaters, and rural communities stranded

On September 30th, Congress abandoned America’s farmers, eaters and rural communities right alongside clean water and healthy soil. The 2014 Farm Bill expired on September 30th, and despite months of organizing, letter-writing, and phone calls from Alliance members here in Illinois and many others across the nation, no new farm bill was offered up. Without […]

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Harvest Celebration Raises $30,000 to Support Local Food & Family Farms

Thanks to the generosity and support of nearly 200 attendees from Carbondale to Dekalb, the 12th Annual Harvest Celebration raised over $30,000 to support local food and family farms, and build local food systems across the state. This year’s event featured 6 of Central Illinois finest farm-to-table chefs, seasonal cocktails by Engrained Restaurant & Brewery, […]

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3 Legislative Farm Tours Bring Policy-Makers to the Field

Three legislative farm tours are in the books! A special thanks goes out to Angelic Organics and Angelic Organics Learning Center, Epiphany Farms,and All Grass Farms, for the experience. We applaud you for your commitment to sustainability and conservation. This summer, the Alliance and the Illinois Environmental Council partnered together to invited legislators to attend […]

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Illinois Farmers deliver CSP Sign-On Letter to Rep. Davis

Across the state, farmers are organizing to protect the Conservation Stewardship Program The September 30 deadline for the 2018 Farm Bill is quickly approaching, and Illinois Stewardship Alliance, along with our members across the state, have been working to draw attention to a set of local food and conservation programs in the Farm Bill that […]

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Industrial Hemp Victory Party! October 12th

Come for the potluck, stay for the progress! Industrial Hemp is a huge opportunity for farmers and communities across Illinois, and you’ve worked hard to make it happen. Now it’s time to celebrate! Join us on October 12 at Oak Tree Organics for old-fashioned fun on the farm! Oak Tree Organics Farm 2585 Literberry Prentice […]

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Release the tomatoes! New law brings home-canned tomatoes to market

Thanks to the Governor’s signature Friday. August  24th on the Home-Canned Tomato Bill (SB0457), shoppers may start seeing home canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, salsa, soup, and more at their local farmers market starting in September! The Home-Canned Tomato Bill, championed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance and sponsored by Sen. David Koehler and Rep. Will Guzzardi, makes […]

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