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Support Conservation on Public Lands HB2819/Miller

Nearly every drop of rainfall that hits Illinois flows west and down to the Mississippi Gulf, carrying with it our soil and our runoff nutrients. Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution comes from wastewater treatment plants, industrial sources — and from fertilizers and manure from farms. This nutrient runoff has lead to a “Dead Zone” in the […]

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2019 State Legislative Priorities: The Bills Are Filed!

Farmers and eaters across the state have identified 5 key policy priorities for this legislative session. Check out what’s on the docket and then join us at our annual Local Food Lobby Day on April 10th. We’ll need all hands on deck to pass these bills and let policy makers know that they matter– and […]

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Finalized hemp rules are right around the corner!

On February 5, the Illinois Department of Agriculture hosted a public hearing to give hopeful hemp cultivators, processors, and other stakeholders a platform to voice their concerns, suggestions, and praises for the proposed industrial hemp rules and regulations. Many of our members attended the hearing and either spoke directly to the Department or submitted comments of […]

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Introducing our 2019 State Policy Priorities

For the past decade, the Alliance has been building momentum on the legislative front when it comes to local food. Our members have helped pass 12 laws since 2012 addressing everything from industrial hemp to cottage food. They’ve also fought to secure funding for local food and conservation efforts on both the state and federal […]

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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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