The University of Illinois, Feeding Illinois, the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and the Illinois Farm Bureau are collaborating to collect and collate information on the locations, types, and quantities of “surplus” specialty crops in Illinois, including potential acquisition costs.
Through a producer survey, a series of focus groups, and implementation of pilots across the state, the team looks to uncover the optimal mix of incentives and program interventions to overcome the current barriers to efficient flows getting of fresh food produced in Illinois to Illinois residents with as little waste as possible.
Illinois producers can support these efforts by completing the survey. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Request to have a a hard copy of the survey mailed to you by contacting ISTC’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP).
For additional information, assistance with survey completion, or to participate in the upcoming focus groups, please contact TAP.