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Farmer Training Roundtable

How do we bring more farmers online by 2020 to reach state goals for growing the local food and farm economy?  

Who is training farmers in Illinois and where are the gaps in training?
How can farmer training practitioners work together to fill the gaps?



Practitioners of farmer training in Illinois – farmers, educators and others from farmer associations, community colleges, nonprofits, universities, farm incubators, university extension, state and federal agencies, and more – are invited to gather and consider questions critical to our local food and farm economy.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Bloomington, IL
The Farmer Training Roundtable is convened by the Illinois Local Food Farms and Jobs Council ( through its Farmer Training Working Group. The planning committee members are:

Tom Spaulding (Chair), Angelic Organics Learning Center
Terra Brockman, The Land Connection
Kendra Buchanan, Illinois Department of Agriculture
Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois Extension
Dayna Connor, Food Works
Wes King, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Karen Lehman, Fresh Taste
Lavon Nelson, Illinois Community College Board
Barbara Rose, Angelic Organics Learning Center
Mike Sands, Liberty Prairie Foundation and Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing
Sandra Streed, Northern Illinois University
Bill Thomas, USDA National Agricultural Library and ‘Start2Farm’ Clearinghouse
Rick Weinzierl, University of Illinois
This is the second of three planned roundtables on farmer training to be held throughout the state of Illinois.
Questions? Send email to Shelbie at