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Illinois Farm Bureau expanding urban agriculture offerings

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The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is encouraging expansion of urban agriculture throughout the state.

Reghala Scavuzzo, associate director of food system development, says they’ve partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a three-year, 1.2-million-dollar project…

“What we’re going to be doing is looking at urban agriculture, not necessarily within just Chicago, but across the entire state.”  She says, “And we’re going to be partnering with different community farms to help build infrastructure and sustainability in their business as well as launching a statewide cohort.”

Scavuzzo says the goal of the cohort is to connect urban growers…

“So, what we want to do is help build those networks.”  She says, “There will be regional aspects.

Illinois Farm Bureau expanding urban agriculture offerings

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