november, 2017

30nov9:00 am3:30 pmFocusing on Local FoodsA workshop for growers, processors, distributors and food service operators.

Event Details

Join us for a free workshop exploring the logistics of bringing food (including vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy, and grain) from local producers to University Housing Dining Services at the University of Illinois. We will explore goal setting, navigating the purchasing process, and understanding the supply chain. Attendees will include local producers and distributors, educators from the Illinois Extension, and higher education dining services colleagues from the state of Illinois. Hear from expert speakers and engage in small group dialogue for an informative, interactive workshop experience.

Open to everyone, including producers, processors, distributors, institutions, institutional buyers, students, and staff.

Feel free to drop in at any time during the event for snacks, discussion, and educational information.

Use hashtag #localfood2017 to share information and ideas surrounding the conference and speakers!

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Free parking is available at Champaign County Farm Bureau.


9:00 a.m.
Check-In for Registered Attendees and On-Site Registration Opens

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Networking with Locally Roasted Coffee and Breakfast Items

10:00  a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Local Foods, Farms & Jobs Act

10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Illinois Sustainable Food System Panel

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Navigating State Purchasing

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) & the Local Producer and Processor

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Asian Carp: If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!

12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m
Networking: Local Foods Lunch

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Local Producer & Processor Panel

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Local Restaurants Panel

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Local Farmers’ Market Panel

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Illinois Foodservice Operators

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Networking & Refreshments


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Champaign County Farm Bureau

801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61820


University Housing