We Support Local Food Systems

Live Local, Shop Local is an Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) program that connects local food and farm businesses and Illinois communities. As part of our program, we provide an annual Local Food & Farmers Market Conference and yearly business technical assistance for local food farms and businesses.


Attend one or more of these Illinois Farm Bureau professional development workshops focused on farmers, small business, agritourism business, farmers market managers, nonprofits, and value-added producers. These workshops are a chance for you to gain new skills, expand your business, and connect with others facing similar challenges. Most of these workshops will be delivered online through a web-based platform such as Zoom or Teams.

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

Illinois Farmers Market Association
Where: Online & interactive, utilizing Zoom. Zoom link(s) will be sent after registration. Webinars will not be recorded.
Cost: $5 per session

Successfully managing conflict is key to managing a farmers market. Conflict has been a hot topic since COVID restrictions began but is not new. This four part webinar series provides a deeper understanding of conflict and responding to difficult situations. Sign up for all 4 sessions, or any of the offerings. Each session stands alone and does not require you attend all sessions to benefit. All sessions will be led by Rob Burns, Owner and Lead Consultant, L&L Solutions.

Session 1 – Understanding Conflict
April 4, 12:00-1:00 PM

Register HERE for Session 1

  • Identify sources of conflict
  • Understand the conflict cycle and how to stop it
  • Collaboration Model as a conflict management strategy
  • Review seven strategies to deal with conflict

Session 2 – Understanding My Reaction to Conflict
April 11, 12:00-1:00 PM

Register HERE for Session 2

  • Complete the Conflict Management self-assessment
  • Conflict reaction as an emotional response
  • SCARF Model – emotional needs at work
  • Reframing 

Session 3 – Dealing with Difficult Behavior
April 18, 12:00-1:00 PM

Register HERE for Session 3

  • Difficult behavior is learned behavior
  • Types of difficult behavior
  • 12 difficult people and management strategies
  • E.B.I.T.A. Feedback model to remove resistance

Session 4 –  Now What? Case Studies & Examples
April 25, 12:00-1:00 PM

Register HERE for Session 4

  • Farmers market-based case studies will be discussed

Farmers Market Masters courses are geared for farmers market managers that have either completed the IL-CFMM program or are experienced market managers looking to explore new and emerging aspects of running and sustaining a farmers market. This program provides ongoing continuing education for all farmers market managers.

Potential topics include community engagement, Link shopper outreach, fundraising, sponsorship, finances, establishing regional cooperatives, vendor outreach, conflict de-escalation, technology, etc.

Already Certified Farmers Market managers complete 12 hours of CEUs (no time limit) and become a Certified Farmers Market Master*

*Prior or concurrent completion of the Certified Farmers Market Manager course required.


Instructor: Illinois Farmers Market Association
Where: All virtual; interactive utilizing Zoom and Google Classroom
Cost: ILFMA Member: $250; Non-member: $350

The Illinois Farmers Market is pleased to offer a Certified Farmers Market Manager program for Illinois farmers market managers. Managing a farmers market is challenging and requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. This interactive program and learning experience addresses real-world market issues and trains market managers in best practices for successful farmers markets.

Recommended but not required: Completing ILFMA Farmers Market Manager Bootcamp or market manager with at least one year of experience.

Optional weekly technical assistance sessions for individual concerns or topics of interest.

For more information, contact Sharon Dodd at Sdodd@ilfb.org or 309-557-3363.