2014 LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SUMMIT

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October 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

From the Illinois Farm Bureau website:

Attend the fourth annual Local and Regional Food Summit and learn from leaders in the local and regional food industry on all the different projects taking shape. Speakers will include those from the retail grocery, foodservice distribution, university foodservice, food hub, specialty crops, meat processing, dairy, value-added products, community supported agriculture organization and more!

The event will be held at Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL. from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Nov. 13, 2014.  This one-day event is hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture and Heartland Community College.

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Conference registration fee is $20 per participant and includes all conference materials, lunch, and breaks. A buffet lunch will feature several local and regional foods prepared by Chef Scott Rowan and provided by Heartland Community College. Due to limited seating, registration must be completed by November 6, 2014. Registration is first come, first served.  There is NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.  Register here: http://www.ilfb.org/ifb-news-and-events/conferences-events/2014-local-and-regional-food-summit.aspx

A special Meet the Farmer/Meet the Buyer function will take place in the afternoon.  We have several buyers attending and some of them include Mariano’s, U.S. Foods, Local Foods, Inc., Schnucks, County Market, Testa Produce, Standard Market, CH Robinson, Medici’s Restaurant, Whole Foods, and more. Buyers will be looking for all types of products such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, value-added products, nuts, and more.

 

2014 Local and Regional Food Summit

Planned Speakers

WELCOME

Mary Beth Trakinat, Vice President of Advancement, Heartland Community College

LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD OVERVIEW

Cynthia Haskins, Manager of Business Development and Compliance, Illinois Farm Bureau

ILLINOIS PRODUCTS

Kendra Schilling, Local Food Liaison, Illinois Department of Agriculture

HOW TO MARKET YOUR FAMILY’S SECRET RECIPE AT FARMERS’ MARKETS, GROCERY STORES, AND RESTAURANTS

Zina Murray, Owner, Logan Square Kitchen

OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION PROGRAM

Dr. George Czapar, Associate Dean and Director of University of Illinois Extension and Outreach, Ron Duncan, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development and

Bill Davison, Extension Educator, Small Farms and Local Food Systems

THE DEMAND FOR LOCAL FOOD AT GROCERY STORES

Steve Jarzombek, Vice President of Produce at Roundy’s (Corporate Headquarters for Mariano’s)

GETTING STARTED SELLING FRESH PRODUCE TO FOODSERVICE DISTRIBUTORS

Joan Daleo, President, Ole Tyme Produce, Inc.

WHAT DOES A MICRO-FOOD HUB PROJECT AND SERVING FRESH SWEET CORN IN SCHOOL HAVE IN COMMON?

Brad Uken, Manager, Champaign County Farm Bureau, Champaign, IL., and Roman Fox, Agriculture Teacher, Rantoul Public Schools

LOCAL FARMER APPEARS ON ABC TELEVISION NETWORK’S SHARK TANK

Dave Alwan, Owner, Echo Valley Meats

HOMEGROWN BY HEROES™

Michael O’Gorman, Executive Director, Farmers’ Veteran Coalition

Ben Shaffar, Director of Business Development, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

FORMING A LOCAL FOOD HUB DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS

Evan Smith, Chief of Operations, Cherry Capital Foods

WHOLESALE SUCCESS: GROW YOUR SKILLS, GROW YOUR CONNECTIONS, GROW YOUR BUSINESS!

Jim Slama, Founder and President, Familyfarmed.org

HOW DO RESTAURANTS AND INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE THEIR FRESH AND FROZEN PRODUCTS?

Paula J. Bruck, Director National Accounts, Healthcare & Education, U.S. Foods, Streator, IL

OPENING UP THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN FARMERS AND BUYERS

Dianne Feasley, Registered Dietitian, Associate Director, and Matt Horton, Executive Chef of Campus Dining, Illinois State University

MEAT LABELING AND RAW MILK UPDATE

Jim Fraley, Livestock Program Director, Illinois Farm Bureau, Bloomington, IL

ASSESSING BARRIERS TO COOPERATIVE FORMATION AND OVERALL SUCCESS IN COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE ENTERPRISES

Christopher D. Merrett, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University

MEET THE FARMERS, MEET THE BUYERS NETWORKING EVENT (3:15-5:00 PM) (farmers and buyers only)

NETWORKING AND WINE TASTING

Presented by the The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association

PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER

The Portrait of a Soldier exhibit is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror and will be on display during the Summit. Artist Cameron Schilling, a Mattoon native, drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley’s parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror. The portraits are copies of the original, which has been given to the fallen soldiers next of kin. The exhibit travels throughout the state of Illinois.

 

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