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University of Illinois Extension serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties

Marion County
1404 E Main
Rt 50 East
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-1446
FAX: 618-548-9891
Email: uie-bcjmw@illinois.edu

Bond County
925 E. Harris
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 618-664-3665
FAX: 618-664-9277
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Clinton County
1163 N. Fourth Street
Breese, IL 62230
Phone: 618-526-4551
FAX: 618-526-4597
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Jefferson County
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Washington County
9623 Wall Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Phone: 618-327-8881
FAX: 618-327-8882
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Upcoming Events

2014 Local and Regional Food Summit - MCLEAN COUNTY

November 13, 2014

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, energy alternatives, specialty crops, meat processing, dairy, value-added products, community supported agriculture organization and more!

A special Meet the Farmer/Meet the Buyer event will take place between 3:15 pm and 5:00 pm.

A wine tasting reception, brought to you by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and sponsored by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, will take place between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other attendees and network.

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. (Gluten free and vegetarian selections will be available.) Due to limited seating, registration must be completed by November 10, 2014. Registration is first come, first served. There is NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

LOCATION:

Heartland Community College

Astroth Community Education Center

1500 West Raab Road

Normal, IL.

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

OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION PROGRAM

Dr. George Czapar, Associate Dean and Director of University of Illinois Extension and Outreach, and 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 Roundys (Corporate Headquarters for Marianos)

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

HOW TO MARKET YOUR FAMILYS SECRET RECIPE AT FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERY STORES, AND RESTAURANTS

Zina Murray, Owner, Logan Square Kitchen

LOCAL FARMER APPEARS ON ABC TELEVISION NETWORKS 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´┐Ż 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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