Illinois Farm Bureau & Illinois Farmers Market Association 2020 Live Local: Local Food & Farmers Market Annual Conference

Don't miss out on this EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE! 
March 10-12, 2020

This year, our Live Local Conference is also the host of the 2020 ILFMA Annual Conference and Meeting in partnership with the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

Online registration is open! Registration closes March 4, 2020. Walk-in registration is welcome.

Pre-registration

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Member and Illinois Farmer Market Association (ILFMA) Member: $125

Non-ILFMA and Non-IFB Member: $160

Conference cost includes two breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, appetizers at networking hour, and snacks and beverages throughout each day.

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Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, retailer, distributor, or simply someone who loves to eat, you are part of the food system. You want your part to grow. Illinois Farm Bureau & Illinois Farmers Market Association wants you to not just grow but thrive. Specialty crop, small-scale farmers, small food businesses, and farmer’s markets face unique challenges and markets. Workshops and training opportunities allow them the chance to gain new skills, expand business, and connect with others facing similar challenges. Our Live Local Conference will help food businesses learn how to increase profits, develop a sustainable business, and grow market demand to build long-lasting family farms and businesses. This means helping find the right markets for the right business and a path to expansion.

Join us as we host an engaging three-day conference that will bring local farmers, local organizations, and local businesses together to network and help build the needed infrastructure for a long-lasting marketplace for food businesses in Illinois.  Read more about our conference sponsorship and exhibitor packages. Choose a level that fits your needs. Your involvement will help strengthen the local food system in our communities.


Why did we move? Why did we change?

Live Local will highlight and showcase the hard work being done throughout the state in local foods. Join us at this year’s conference and experience what is happening in the Peoria community. Peoria recently received the Local Foods and Local Places grant to integrate local foods into their strategic plan. However, before that, they had already begun a 5-county regional fresh food council, monthly food system economic development events, and a community embracing farming, food, and family. We are proud to showcase a new community but also a new season and what local means to that community.

Don’t miss out, register for this 3-day conference that will bring local farmers, local organizations, and local businesses together to network and help build the needed infrastructure for a long-lasting marketplace for farmers in Illinois.


Conference highlights

• FSMA Produce Safety Class with certification and manual included in registration. Fruit and vegetable growers have a chance to attend the produce safety class to satisfy the FSMA training requirements. Usually, this class is $115. However, it is covered by your conference this year, including the licensing fee!

• Two different half-day Farm to Fork Tours.

• Curbside Consulting- Participants can register for 30-minute to 1-hour slots with various technical service providers to get direct assistance. The topic for curbside consulting includes financing, grant writing, technology, website development, branding, cooperative development, food hub development, feasibility studies, budgeting, business planning, and more.

• Every meal is local sourced throughout the event you will be able to learn more about the farms and community.

• Build a better business, collaborate, connect!


Farm to Fork exclusive event

Register today and reserve your spot for this exclusive Farm-to-Fork dinner for $50, on March 10 from 7:00-9:30PM at the Edge, located at 4500 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights IL 61616. (Dinner reservation is not included in conference cost). Join Chef Dustin Allen for a locally sourced meal. Chef Dustin Allen works with over 60 local farmers to source everything down to the flour locally. Their philosophy is whole farm cooking. Your meal includes dinner, live music, and two drink tickets. All proceeds go to the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

Can’t attend the conference but don’t want to miss this exclusive dinner? Register for the evening dinner here. 


Hotel accommodations

Lodging is available at the Embassy Suites in Peoria Illinois. Reserve your room for the conference room block rate of $136.00 per night. Government rate available upon request. Breakfast is included. Click here  to reserve your room online, enter room block code “OOD”. To reserve by phone, call 1-309-694-0200 and mention the room block code “OOD” or “Illinois Farm Bureau” to receive the special room rate. The room block rate deadline is February 28.


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Sponsorship

Read more about our conference exhibitor opportunities and sponsorship packages. Choose a sponsorship level that fits your needs. Your sponsorship will help strengthen the local food system in our communities. Click here for exhibitor and sponsor registration.

Together we can grow into something greater... something more connected... something that benefits you, your community, and Illinois farming.

Email sdodd@ilfb.org or call 309-557-2155 for conference information.

 

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