Illinois Governor Signs Bills to Support Local Food Systems

Illinois Governor Quinn signed two bills on July 17th that will support local food systems in the state. The Farmers’ Market Technology Improvement Act (HB 4756) will create a program that offers financial support to farmers’ markets and other non-traditional food markets to implement the necessary infrastructure for recipients of federal food stamps to use their Illinois issued LINK cards. The Farm-to-School Electronic Database (SB 615) helps facilitate the purchase of fresh, healthy and locally grown food by schools through the creation of an online geo-coded electronic database of producers and schools interested in fresh health locally produced food. The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council will jointly develop the database.

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