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October 31, 2014
Registration closes November 6!
Attend the fourth annual Local and Regional Food Summit and learn from leaders in the local and regional food industry on all the different projects taking shape. Speakers will include those from the retail grocery, foodservice distribution, university foodservice, food hub, specialty crops, meat processing, dairy, value-added products, community supported agriculture organization and more!

Where: Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL

When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Nov. 13, 2014

Hosted by: Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture and Heartland Community College

Conference registration fee is $20 per participant and includes all conference materials, lunch, and breaks. A buffet lunch will feature several local and regional foods prepared by Chef Scott Rowan and provided by Heartland Community College. Due to limited seating, registration must be completed by November 6, 2014. Registration is first come, first served.  There is NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. Register here:
A special Meet the Farmer/Meet the Buyer function will take place in the afternoon.  We have several buyers attending and some of them include Mariano’s, U.S. Foods, Local Foods, Inc., Schnucks, County Market, Testa Produce, Standard Market, CH Robinson, Medici’s Restaurant, Whole Foods, and more. Buyers will be looking for all types of products such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, value-added products, nuts, and more.
U of I Agricultural and Biological Engineering ranked best in nation

The undergraduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Illinois is once again ranked best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges placed Illinois in a tie with Purdue University for the top spot. Texas A&M, Iowa State, and Florida rounded out the top five. U.S. News ranks undergraduate programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty from participating colleges. ABE at Illinois has been ranked consistently in one of the top three spots for almost a decade, including a previous four-year stint as number one. The department is part of two of the top colleges on the Urbana-Champaign campus; the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering.
Two programs November 5 in Decatur:

Succession Planning for the Family Farm or Business
This seminar covers issues important to farmers and their advisors which may arise when passing down assets to the next generation, including tax issues, protecting land, and making tax efficient distributions to family and/or the community. Made possible by a grant from Rural Partners, this seminar is co-hosted by the Community Foundation of Macon County and Donors Forum and features Mr. Vaughn Henry, a farm management and estate planning consultant, whose unique background in agriculture and charitable estate planning have gained him a nationally recognized reputation in farm succession planning and planned giving. Location: Madden Arts Center, 3rd Floor, 125 North Water St., Decatur, IL  Register here.

Planned Giving: A Nonprofit Development Strategy
This workshop, designed for nonprofits, will provide you with information to integrate planned giving into your fundraising strategy. If done with the right approach and no matter the size of your organization, planned giving can create a lasting source of development. Made possible by a grant from Rural Partners, this seminar is co-hosted by The Community Foundation of Macon County and Donors Forum, and features Mr. Vaughn Henry. Location: Madden Arts Center, 3rd Floor, 125 North Water St., Decatur, IL  For more information, or to register, visit the Donors Forum website.
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