Tag Archives: #illinois politics

Bringing the Next Generation of Farmers Back Home

Across the midwest farms are facing the challenge of how to keep the next generation on the farm; regenerative agriculture may be the answer. Growing up, Frank Rademacher watched dad run the family hardware store…

2020 Legislative Priorities for Spring Session

Over the past year the Alliance has been listening to our stewards’ issues and working on solutions. Our 2020 legislative priorities pave the way for resilient local food systems that support family farms, protect soil…

Online Sales Could Help Grow Illinois Farm Businesses, New Legislation to Pave Way

These days, it’s hard to imagine not being able to sell  products online. But that’s exactly the hurdle Libby and Derek Ervin of Glacier’s End Farm face.  Illinois’ Cottage Food Law limits sales for producers,…

Illinois Over 200 Years from Reaching Nutrient Pollution Reduction Goals

Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture Groups Respond to IEPA Agriculture Pollution Report SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Conservation and sustainable agriculture organizations working to reduce nutrient pollution in Illinois waterways have issued the following joint statement in response…

Health Insurance partially funded for Soil & Water Conservation District Employees

Notice we said partially… not fully. The Illinois Department of Agriculture returns to its’ practice of designating funds from the soil and water conservation program by allocating $1 million to Soil Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)…

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Bi-Annual Conference Held in Springfield

Springfield, IL was host to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) summer meeting 2019. NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations across America that advocate for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture,…

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…