Local Foods and Specialty Crops

Direct-to-Consumer Sales 

Illinois Farm Bureau wants to help members convey the message that Illinois farmers are open for business. Farming doesn’t stop, even during a pandemic like COVID-19.  Crops must still be planted, and livestock must receive the care they need. We know that some of our members have food products readily available for sale. Did you know you can utilize resources available through the Illinois Specialty Growers Association to create an online presence for your business and sell your products online to local buyers? Check out the Market Maker system and create your profile now. If you need assistance, check out this handy resource guide.  

Agritourism / Pick Your Own Operation / Community Garden Resources 

Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and University of Illinois Extension have produced an Agritourism Guides for U-Pick and agritourism businesses during COVID-19. These are recommendations and are subject to change as regulations evolve. 

Farmers Market and Farm Stand Resources  

Health and Safety Resources  

Agricultural Worker Resources 

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) partnered to establish H2A Program Flexibilities and to provide Migrant Worker information. Learn more about how to participate in that program here.
  • The CDC published COVID-19 guidance for agricultural workers and employers here.  
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