2021 Live Local Technical Virtual Series

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Live Local Conference will not be held in its traditional format. IFB will transition to a workshop series focused on farmers, agritourism business, farmers market managers, nonprofits and value-added producers. This series will provide business development opportunities with monthly workshops March-May and September-December.

Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, retailer, distributor, or simply someone who loves to eat, you are part of the food system. Illinois Farm Bureau knows you help strengthen the local food system in our communities. These virtual training opportunities allow you the chance to gain new skills, expand your business, and connect with others facing similar challenges. Register for a single workshop or the entire series.

The two-day FSMA certification session below will kick-off the Live Local Technical Virtual Series. Additional workshops are currently in development. Please check back for future trainings and registration details in April. All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Workshop recordings will be offered online after the events in a password protected video library.

FSMA Produce Safety Virtual Workshop

March 23 & 24, 2021 | Virtual (4 Hours Daily)

Fruit and vegetable growers - don’t miss out on this VIRTUAL
opportunity to meet the conditions of the FSMA Produce Rule.



Hurry, class is limited to 25 participants and
registration closes March 10, 2021.



  • Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Members: $5
  • Non-IFB Member: $25

Registration costs have been reduced through grant funding and include the cost of certification and manual, a value of $100.


  • DAY ONE-March 23, 9:00am-2:15pm (30-Minute Break at Noon)
  • DAY TWO-March 24, 10:00am-3:00pm (60-Minute Break at Noon)

Instruction time covers content contained in these seven modules: 

  • Introduction to Produce Safety 
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training 
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use 
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) 
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation 
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan 

For more information, contact Raghela Scavuzzo at 309-557-2155 or rscavuzzo@ilfb.org.