The Registration Deadline for Local Food Awareness Day is Monday, March 24th

March 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Time is running out to join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for Local Food Awareness Day!

On Wednesday, March 26th, local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield for Local Food Awareness Day to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. The final day to register for this event will be Monday, March 24th. If you plan to attend, please register on or before that date.

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

This year there are several exciting pieces of legislation we will have the opportunity to support. The first is House Bill 5657/Senate Bill 3380, also called the Farmers’ Market Regulatory Modernization Bill. This bill will:
• Create a simplified, consistent, and statewide process for vendors to offer samples at any farmers market in Illinois
• Provide consistent and uniform regulations for farmers markets throughout the state
• Create new product origin requirements to foster transparency and help consumers identify “re-sellers” at farmers markets
• Cap registration fees for cottage food operations at a reasonable rate

The second piece of legislation is House Bill 5907 which would create a new microloan program for beginning farmers.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to support Senate Bill 1666 which mandates the labeling of food products with genetically engineered ingredients also known as GMOs.
In a snapshot Local Food Awareness Day will consist of a welcoming address by Representative Mike Tryon (sponsor of HB5657), a civic engagement and lobbying training, a legislative update, and a working-lunch. Following lunch we will descend upon the capitol to educate legislators about the importance of local food systems and advocate for positive policy solutions that support local food systems.


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