markets prepare for 2009 season
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[March 24, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- Farmers markets
across Illinois are preparing to make the 2009 season better than
ever. In an effort to aid markets across the state, the Illinois
Department of Agriculture is offering a series of workshops for
market managers and interested vendors.
"We want to make sure the Illinois Department of Agriculture is
doing everything possible to encourage and support the hundreds of
farmers markets across the state," Agriculture Director Tom Jennings
said. "These workshops give us a chance to explain the increased
resources that are available for specialty crop producers and offer
networking opportunities for market managers and vendors."
Workshop topics will include rules and regulations, available
resources, and other farmers market issues. There also will be a
The following is a list of dates and
locations for the workshops:
March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Illinois Department of Agriculture
801 E. Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702
April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rolland W. Lewis Building
800 S. 27th St.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
April 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
DeKalb County Farm Bureau
Center for Agriculture
1350 W. Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178
Admission, which includes lunch, is $20 per person, unless
attendees preregister. Preregistration costs $15 per person and must
be submitted at least two working days prior to the event. Online
registration is available at
Questions about the conference should be directed to Delayne
Reeves, IDOA marketing representative, at 217-524-9129.
Illinois Department of
Agriculture file received from
Illinois Office of
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