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Illinois Products Challenge

Now’s the time to seek out local food and farm products to keep up with the Illinois Products Challenge. Don’t forget that there are Illinois grown fresh or processed foods and farm products such as beeswax, wool, and wood distributed throughout Illinois. Take the challenge and find the winter markets and local harvest shops in [...]

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ILFFJC Quarterly Meeting on December 5, 2012 – Open to the Public

Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC) Meeting COUNTDOWN 2020:     December 5, 2012    10:00 am-3:00pm Location: Illinois Department of Agriculture Building Illinois State Fair Grounds 801 E. Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62702  Conference Call:       1-712-775-7400 Access Code:              271081#   Click here for the agendaILFFJC.Dec 5 2012 mtg agenda.FINAL

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Four state agencies and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor present reports at ILFFJC meeting on June 6th

Representatives of four state agencies and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office prepared a report to be presented at the June 6th meeting of the ILFFJC. Click on this link to read more: ILFFJC state agency reports june 2012

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ILFFJC Meeting June 6th – Open to the Public

  Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC) Meeting A New Approach to Community Building for Illinois    Wednesday, June 6, 2012    10:00 am-3:00pm Location: Illinois Department of Agriculture Building Illinois State Fair Grounds 801 E. Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62702   There will be some interesting reports given by Illinois’ Central Management [...]

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Building Successful Food Hubs Report January 2012

  Collaboration Leads to FOOD HUB Report Timothy Lindsey of IL Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) along with Jim Slama of Family Farmed.org have released a report titled, “Building Successful Food Hubs: A Business Planning Guide for Aggregating and Processing Local Foods in Illinois”. The DCEO, Illinois BIS, IL Dept of Agriculture and [...]

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ILFFJC Meeting 2/29/12 – Open to the Public

    Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC) Meeting A New Approach to Community Building for Illinois    Wednesday, February 29, 2012    10:00 am-3:00pm Location: Illinois Department of Agriculture Building Illinois State Fair Grounds 801 E. Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62702 Conference Call: Toll-free: 888/363-4734       Access Code: 7301955   To review [...]

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USDA ERS Reports: Local Food Accounted for $4.8 Billion in 2008

Authors of a recent USDA ERS report had this to say about the local food sales in the US during 2008: Despite increased production and consumer interest, locally grown food accounts for a small segment of U.S. agriculture. For local foods production to continue to grow, marketing channels and supply chain infrastructure must deepen. Information [...]

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Finding the Balance: Local Food and Public Health

Bob Heuer/ILFFJC Secretary Finding the Balance: Local Food & Public Health Who: The Illinois Local Food Farms and Jobs Council What:  A forum exploring how the people of Illinois can benefit from an expanding local food marketplace that ensures food safety. When:   Wed. Dec 7 1:00 -2:00 pm   Where:  Illinois Department of Agriculture Building; Illinois State Fair Grounds; 801 E. Sangamon Avenue; Springfield, IL 62702 Why:  Last [...]

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December 7th ILFFJ Council Meeting – Open to Public

Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC) Meeting COUNTDOWN 2020: A New Approach to Community Building for Illinois    December 7, 2011    10:00 am-3:00pm Location: Illinois Department of Agriculture Building Illinois State Fair Grounds 801 E. Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62702    Conference Call: Toll-free: 888/363-4734    Caller Paid: 215/446-365    Access Code: [...]