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Farmer’s Markets Innovative Responses to The New Normal

After the pandemic hit, the quick thinking and innovation of farmers market managers across Illinois helped keep farmers in business and communities fed. At The ALMH Market in Lincoln, market coordinator Chelsie Campbell and her team knew they needed to think creatively and act fast to make sure farmers still had access to a crucial […]

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EMERGING ISSUE: Processing solutions needed to alleviate bottlenecks

Local producers are waiting months to process meaning less food for their communities Are you an Illinois farmer experiencing the effects of the livestock processing bottleneck? We are seeking farmers who would benefit from a conversation with other local Illinois producers about the current bottleneck situation and ideas for potential solutions.Join us on Zoom on […]

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Your Thoughts on the President’s First 100 Days

Thank you for sharing your voice and your ideas when we asked how you would advise the President and his administration in the first 100 days in office.  The comments we received ranged from food and agriculture to police reform.   We enjoyed connecting with you and reading your ideas. We will compile your suggestions and […]

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The President’s First 100 Days

Ask yourself, “What would I like to see the 2021 Presidential Administration accomplish during the first 100 days in office?” No idea is too big or too small.  The first 100 days of the Presidency are crucial — new priorities, new polices, which may impact you, your family, and your community. This year you can […]

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Illinois Farmers Resilience Fund

UPDATE: The Resilience Fund received over 80 applications from local food producers by the July 28th deadline. Applications are no longer being accepted. The Review Committee is currently reviewing applications and decisions will be announced on August 20, 2020.  With financial support from the Chicago Region Food System Fund, the Alliance launched the new Resilience Fund to help Illinois […]

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Farm to Table Restaurants Taking Steps to Keep You Safe

As the economy begins recovering after COVID-19, farm to table concepts can do the most good among reopened restaurants and bars. Farm fresh produce and meat/dairy products produced, sold and consumed in Illinois provide concentrated nutrition and economic stimulus. During this crucial time, supporting our neighbors is a responsibility that is on your plate.  On […]

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#HEALIllinois: Examining Racism in Agriculture, an Educational Exploration

A just food system will not be possible until we reckon with the legacy of harm to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in the U.S.—forced migration, enslavement, and centuries of violent intimidation, disenfranchisement, and discrimination. The Alliance is launching a series on our Facebook throughout the month of June to put a lens […]

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2020 Session Concludes as we Celebrate One of our most long awaited wins

Even with the pandemic, the General Assembly passed the capital budget and the budget implementation plan.  With the passing of the budget, we are excited to share with you some tremendous news along with some items that we are going to have to go back full force next year. There was not much to 2020’s […]

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): Aid to Farmers Affected by COVID-19

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is one of the biggest direct aid payments to be given to farmers. The relief package is very much needed in order to support farmers that have not taken a day off and continued to support their communities. But this new aid package has very significant flaws which, in our […]

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Farm Aid & the Alliance Partner to Fund Farmers During COVID-19

Great Lakes COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Grants Available June 6th On April 11 Farm Aid hosted a virtual show, At Home With Farm Aid, with performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews to show support and solidarity for family farmers and ranchers. Farm Aid will be disbursing the $400,000 raised from […]

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