New Everything Local Conference Seeks to Strengthen Illinois Food Supply Chains

NEW EVERYTHING LOCAL CONFERENCE SEEKS
TO STRENGTHEN ILLINOIS FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             Nov. 1, 2022                              

 

CONTACT:

Sierra Henry
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau®
309-557-2083
shenry@ilfb.org

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Focused on delivering an unprecedented opportunity to build the local food and specialty crops supply chains, three member organizations have teamed up to create the From Food to Flowers: Everything Local conference.

The event, the largest in the state focused on local food and specialty crop production, is the result of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Farmers Market Association coming together to give their members an opportunity to learn, connect and build relationships.

“We have developed such great relationships throughout the supply chain and among our member organizations, it made sense to incorporate that into our conference,” said Raghela Scavuzzo, Illinois Farm Bureau local foods program manager. “This conference truly will be the center of our state local food and specialty crop sectors for these three days.”

The hybrid event will take place Jan. 11-13, in person at the Springfield Crowne Plaza and virtually through an online conference portal. Visit www.specialtygrowers.org/everythinglocal for more information and to register. Media interested in attending should email Sierra Henry, IFB media relations specialist, at shenry@ilfb.org.

The new conference combines the Illinois Specialty Crop Conference and Live Local: Local Food & Farmers Market Conference. It will feature five keynote speakers and panels and more than 100 speakers for breakout sessions and workshops on specialty crop production, farmers market management, community food development, business development, funding and financing and more.

“There really is something for everyone at this conference,” said Randy Graham, Illinois Specialty Growers Association chairman. “Now all under one roof and in a smaller time commitment, the new conference will offer the same volume of information that used to require attending multiple conferences. It’s a much more efficient way for our members to get the resources they need to be successful.”

Other highlights taking place will be the Illinois Apple Cider Contest, the three hosting organizations’ annual meetings, awards, a tradeshow with more than 65 vendors and plenty of networking opportunities.

“The merged conference allows for better interactions from people throughout the supply chain, representing everyone from farm to fork,” said Janie Maxwell, Illinois Farmers Market Association executive director. “Attendees will enjoy opportunities to network with people from other parts of the industry while still getting relevant information that matters to them.”

About the Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 366,043 and a farmer membership of 76,527. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.

About Illinois Specialty Growers Association:

The purpose of Illinois Specialty Growers Association (ISGA) is the promotion and development of the Illinois specialty crop industry. ISGA was formed in 1989 to improve the coordination and cooperation among our individual associations. ISGA is an umbrella organization for the following affiliated associations: Illinois Herb Association, Illinois Irrigation Association, Illinois State Horticultural Society and Illinois Vegetable Growers Association.

About Illinois Farmers Market Association

The Illinois Farmers Market Association was founded in 2012 to connect the growing number of Illinois farmers markets, market managers, producers, and consumers and provide coordinated resources, advocacy, technical services, and training to ensure the continued vibrancy and sustainability of Illinois Farmers Markets. Additionally, ILFMA partners with local, state, regional, and national organizations in educating market managers, producers, and the general public on economic, health, and social benefits of providing, promoting, and expanding access for the increased consumption of fresh, local farm products at farmers markets statewide.

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