March 25, 2015
AUA is backing the Illinois Stewardship Alliance‘s campaign to pass HB 2487, which will protect community seed libraries from unnecessary regulation by exempting them from Illinois commercial seed laws. Over the last year, several departments of agriculture in other states started regulating and shutting down seed libraries under the auspices that they violated their state’s commercial seed laws.
Lets not let that happen here in Illinois!
Call Your Illinois State Representative now and ask them to co-sponsor House Bill 2487.
For everything you need to know about the legislation and contacting your State Representative in support of it (including how to find who your State Rep is), CLICK HERE.
We’ll be at ISA’s annual Local Food Lobby Day in Springfield tomorrow to build support for the passage of HB 2487 and other legislation that promotes sustainable local agriculture, so let’s make sure that this issue is fresh in legislators’ minds by calling them about it TODAY!
March 18, 2015
AUA is teaming up with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) for this year’s Local Food Lobby Day in Springfield on March 25, and we hope that you’ll join us to make sure that state legislators from Chicago hear us loud and clear!
This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the strength and vitality of Chicago’s urban agriculture community, so we hope that you’ll come!
The day will start with a legislation overview, training, orientation, and lunch, so fret not if you’ve never participated in something like this before! For more information about the Local Food Lobby Day and to register, see here.
Here is a more in depth look at the policy matters at hand:
- Expanding IL Cottage Food Law to expand list of sellable homemade food products and allow them to be sold through farm stands and CSA in addition to farmers markets. HB2486 can be reviewed here.
- Rewriting IL Co-op Law (originally written for farm co-ops in the early 1900s) to better reflect reality and needs of food/grocery co-ops.
- Creating a program to provide matching grants needed for farmers markets to continue their “Double Up Food Bucks” SNAP incentive programs.
- Amending the Illinois Seed Law to exempt seed libraries from its licensing, testing, labeling, and other requirements. The full piece of legislation (HB2487) can be reviewed here, and we strongly encourage you to call your State Representative in support of the bill before Lobby Day. Don’t know who your IL State Representative is? You can look it up via your mailing address by clicking here.
Let us know if you’re planning on coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be coordinating rides, so please indicate if you’ll be driving and whether you’ll have room for other passengers from Chicago, or if you’re looking for a ride.