Legal Issues Workshop
Do you work with farmers? Do you teach farmer training classes?
Would you like to incorporate farm law into your curriculum?
Join us for a "train the trainers" event for those who help farmers
with legal issues.
Sustainable farmers who run their own entrepreneurial businesses
have a wide range of legal needs, such as:
- creating a business entity
- writing by-laws and operating agreements
- negotiating land leases
- land use violations
- hiring employees and interns
- finding and meeting health department regulations for
value-added or processed foods
- complying with a variety of production and marketing
- tax issues for multi-farm CSAs and food hubs
The Land Connection, in collaboration with Rachel Armstrong,
lead attorney at Farm Commons, will present information,
structure role-play interactions, and provide resources to help
you effectively present and disseminate the legal information
and tools that farmers need to become economically viable
businesses, and the stable and resilient foundation of rural
areas. Join us for a valuable day of farm law, and check back
here for online resources soon.
The workshop will be held on September 2 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
at the University of Illinois Extension office at 700 S. Airport
Drive, Springfield. Preregistration is required at http://thelandconnection.org/legalissues
2014 Pumpkin Field Day to be Held at Ewing Demonstration
The 2014 Pumpkin Field Day will be held on Thursday, September 4
from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the University of Illinois
Extension, Ewing Demonstration Center, 16132 N. Ewing Rd in
Ewing (located about 20 minutes south of Mt. Vernon).
Registration will begin at 9 am, with the welcome starting at 10
am. During the course of the day, University of Illinois
Extension Specialists and Educators will discuss a range of
pumpkin production topics including variety selection, disease,
insect and weed management; cover crops; and no-till
transplanting. A pumpkin variety trial, with over 50 different
cultivars, has been established as well as field demonstration
plots to accompany each of the presentations. There is no charge
to attend (lunch will be provided), but registration is
required. Please register by calling (618) 687-1727 or online
at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fjprw by August 29, 2014.
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Farmer Grant Writing Workshop
Existing and prospective farmers are invited to participate in a
grant writing workshop on Wednesday, October 1 from 6:00-9:00 pm
(registration starting at 5:30 pm) at the University of Illinois
Extension Office, 700 S. Airport Drive in Springfield.
Information will be presented on the basics of grant writing as
well as specifics on grants available through the North Central
Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer
Rancher Grant Program and the Illinois Department of
Agriculture. A light meal will be provided. Be sure to bring
your grant writing ideas too! Go to Register Online at
For additional information, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at
[Text received; DEBORAH
CAVANAUGH-GRANT, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION]