- Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
- University of Illinois Extension Websites
- - From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates - Illinois Cottage Food Operation Information
From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates - Illinois Cottage Food Operation Information. In Illinois, new laws have gone into effect overseeing foods that are prepared for sale by a business operated by a person at the Farmers' Market who produces food in their kitchen for direct sale by the owner or a family member. This website includes information about what foods can be sold, safe food handling practices, food labeling, and frequently asked questions.
- Composting Central
Resources for the composting of livestock manure, food scraps and yard waste
Website that provides Illinois farmers with economic information to aid in farm decision-making under risk. Covers topics on finance, marketing and outlook, management, law and taxation, AgMAS, and crop insurance
- Illinois Agritourism
- Illinois Direct Farm Business
- Illinois Livestock Trail
- Living with Wildlife in Illinois
- Maunure Share
Illinois Manure Share is a free program that benefits livestock owners, gardeners, landscapers and the environment! It is a manure exchange program that brings gardeners and landscapers searching for organic materials for use in composting or field applications in contact with livestock owners who have excess manure.
- Soil Testing Labs
- U of I Plant Clinic
- Other Extension Services Websites
- 5th National Small Farm Conference
The 5th National Small Farm Conference, "Roadmap to Success for Small Farmers and Ranchers" was held September 15-17, 2009 in Springfield, Illinois.
These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and University of Illinois Extension.
- Michigan State University Extension - Fruit & Nuts
- Michigan State University Extension - Vegetables
- MIssouri Alternatives Center
The Missouri Alternatives Center and the University of Missouri-Columbia have compiled a list of links of Extension Guidesheets from some of the top university research centers in the world. On these links you will be able to find information on everything you want to raise or grow -- from Asparagus to Watermelons, and Aquaculture to Worms!
- Ohio State University Extension - VegNet
VegNet is the premier information outlet for all Ohio vegetable growers, and is produced by OSU department specialists and Extension educators.
- FDA - Food Safety Modernization Act
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Website
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
- FSMA PROPOSED RULE for Preventive Controls for Human Food
FSMA Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. Summary, background, who is covered, and highlights. Commenting period ends September 16, 2013.
- FSMA PROPOSED RULE for Produce Safety
FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. Summary, background, who is covered, limitations on coverage, and highlights of the proposed rule. Commenting period ends September 16, 2013.
- FSMA Resources and Information
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Organizations and Programs Involved in Small Farm Work
- Angelic Organics Learning Center
Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food systems.
- Center for Sustainable Community
CSC is dedicated to fostering harmonious relationships that honor and embrace the natural world and humanity.
- Family Farmed
FamilyFarmed.org is a website, food label, and EXPO that supports Midwestern organic farmers by connecting them with consumers and commercial buyers.
- Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA)
IIRA builds the capacity of community leaders and policymakers by providing technical support, applied research, policy evaluation, and training across the state.
- Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA)
ISA promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food systems through policy development, advocacy and education.
- Illinois Value-Added Rural Development Center
The center conducts research and provides outreach to residents and communities in rural Illinois on agriculture and non - agriculture projects.
- Midwest Cover Crops Council
The goal of the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) is to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops throughout the Midwest, to improve ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
- North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Portal
The production, consumption, distribution, and disposal of food are critical parts of our economy, community well-being, and family health in the Midwest. This Food Systems Profile provides an overview of existing data across a broad scope of food systems activities, documents how key indicators are changing over time, and serves as a baseline for community leaders and educators to identify opportunities for growth or expansion in regional food systems. Data for this profile was accessed from existing secondary data sources including the US Census of Agriculture and the United State Department of Agriculture. The regional average includes: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
- Spence Farm Foundation
Spence Farm Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization located on the oldest farm in Livingston County, Illinois.
- Stewards of the Land, LLC
The Stewards of the Land, LLC is a group of local families (all located within a 50 mile radius from Fairbury, Illinois) helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois.
- The Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing Farm (FBDC)
FBDC supports the development of successful family farm enterprises by focusing on the production and marketing of organic foods for local and regional food systems.
- The Land Connection
The Land Connection (TLC) preserves farmland, trains farmers, and supports sustainable farming through land conservation actions, education programs, and farmer-farmland matching, to help ensure every community in Illinois has access to local and organic food.
- Western Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Society
The Western Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Society (WISAS) is a regional, farmer-based not-for-profit organization incorporating the counties of Adams, Pike, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Hancock, Brown, Calhoun and Schuyler.
- Other Websites
- CDC - State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention - State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013. This publication provides information for each state on fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption, and environmental and policy indicators of support for consumption.
- Market Maker
- Measurements, Conversion Units and Calculations
Farmers and agriculture specialists often need quick access to handy measurements, calculations, and conversion units. This database is a collection of Web sites that specialize in agriculture-related measurements and calculations, as well as general resources on metric conversions. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website.
- Midwest Cover Crop Council - Vegetable Cover Crop Decision Tool
- Straight Talk on Genetically Engineered Foods - FAQs
Put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality of our food supply