- Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
- University of Illinois Extension Websites
- 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
- 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.
- Illinois Livestock Trail
- Integrated Pest Management
- 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
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 FINAL RULE for Preventive Controls for Human Food
FSMA FinalRule 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. Updated 9-12-18
- FSMA FINAL RULE for Produce Safety
FSMA Final 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. Updated 6-3-19
- 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.
- New Entry - Sustainable Farming Project
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.
- North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Educational Resources from SARE
- 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 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.
- Illinois Market Maker
MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers. It is an ever-growing partnership of Land Grant Universities, Departments of Agriculture, and food and agricultural organizations investing in a coordinated effort to build a virtual infrastructure that brings healthier, fresher, and more flavorful food to the average consumer.
- 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