In 2022, with the help of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Illinois Department of Agriculture had passed three bills, a resoltion, and allocated $12 million in the state budget for regenerative measures in agriculture. As a consequence, Illinois will have better school lunches and more farm-to-school programs.
One of the best ways to stay up to date on current legilsation is by accessing the official newsletter associated to the department of agriculture.
The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act is backed by state legislation. Within P.A. 96-579, eff. 8-18-09. the Illinois compiled statutes iterates that the purpose is to improve the development of locally-based goods that support job creation encourages eating a balanced and healthy diet, rejuvenate rural communities, and aid economic growth by making local farm goods available to all residents.
This act was established in 2017 and amended in 2019. There is a set benchmark of a minimum of 20% purchased food products must be local.
Throughout the year Bob Heuer, Jeffifer Walling, Jim Slama, Johari Cole, Lavon Nelson, Lori Wells, Marjorie Sawicki, Patricia Stieren, and William Becker served on the council board. In order to get the most up to date information, access the official Illinois Department of Agriculture website.