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Illinois Farm to School Network – Virtual Event

Join Illinois Farm Bureau, Seven Generations Ahead and the National Center of Technology to discuss the Illinois Farm to School Network. Enjoy this two-hour virtual event. Learn the who, what, why, where, and how to be part of the Farm to School the program as a buyer and a seller. Gain understanding of some of the tools and strategies for buying and selling local food. Hear from success stories around the country and here in Illinois. Then finish the session off with a listening session designed to uncover barriers to farm to school, what is currently working and what isn't and recommendations for policy, program, logistical and infrastructure solution to make Farm to School more successful and accessible in IL. Your contribution helps build a more resilient food system in Illinois.

Dates: Thursday, October 27th from 2:00-4:00PM or Thursday, December 8th from 2:00-4:00pm

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Saturday, December 3, 8:00 AM - 2:45 PM

The Taste of Illinois returns to the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting, we’re taking it on the road again this year as a Farm-To-Table Tour & Lunch. The bus will leave the Palmer House at 8:30 AM and head to four locations, Urban Growers Collective South Chicago Farm, Green Era Chicago, then to Green City Market for a lunch and learn. Following lunch, we will head to Farm on Ogden for a farm tour. The bus will arrive back at the Palmer House by 2:45 PM.

It is first-come, first-served and seating is limited.


The process of transitioning the family farm is fraught with conflict.

Sometimes it’s not easy to identify who from the next generation will take over. Other times, he or she will need to be recruited. Once future leaders are in place, then the real work of transitioning leadership, enhancing governance and transferring ownership comes into play.

Illinois Farm Bureau is offering a free, full-day farm transition seminar at its Annual Meeting to help your family work through these challenges. It’s a valuable opportunity for everyone involved in your farm to add just one day to your Annual Meeting itinerary in exchange for information that will shape your family farm for generations to come.

Participants will walk away with next steps and the foundation to bring the next generation onto the farm.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

• Expert advice, models and a framework for completing this process

• Time to reflect on your own farm by collecting and recording your thoughts at key points

• Opportunities to learn from peers who are in similar situations

This educational seminar is a part of Illinois Farm Bureau’s continuous work to provide technical assistance so farm families in Illinois can succeed.

Dan Bean, from consulting group CMA, will lead the seminar. He grew up on a family farm and owns farmland today.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: University of Illinois Certified PSA Trainers 

Hey fruit and vegetable growers, are you FSMA certified?

Do you have concerns about safety in your produce operation? Are you concerned about compliance with FSMA? Do you want to know more about the difference between FSMA and GAPs? Then Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training might be for you.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSAM Produce Rule requirements are outlines within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Working Healthy, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Waters
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

For more information, contact Megan Gregg at mgregg@ilfb.org  or 309-557-3363.