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Partnership News
August 1, 2014
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Legal Issues Workshops
Tuesday, September 2: Springfield, U of I Extension office
Wednesday, September 3: Champaign, U of I Extension office
Friday, September 5: Carbondale, SIUC Dunn-Richmond Center
Tuesday, September 9: Grayslake, U of I Extension office
Sustainable farmers who run their own entrepreneurial businesses have a wide range of legal needs that include:
  • Creating a business entity
  • Writing by-laws and operating agreements
  • Negotiating land leases
  • Hiring employees and interns
  • Health department regulations for value-added or processed foods
  • Complying with a variety of production and marketing regulations
The Land Connection, in collaboration with Rachel Armstrong, lead attorney at Farm Commons, will present information, structure role-play interactions, and provide resources to help you effectively present and disseminate the legal information and tools that farmers need to become economically viable businesses, and the stable and resilient foundation of rural areas.
These workshops are intended for people who are the organizers, presenters, and facilitators of farmer training programs that are aimed at sustainable farmers. University and Extension personnel, community college instructors, and nonprofit sustainable agriculture personnel are encouraged to attend. Each The workshops are a full-day and include lunch. With four locations across Illinois, there is one near you! To register for this free workshop, visit our website.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated the University of Illinois an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University.” This designation, which is valid for five years, recognizes institutions that work to advance the economic well-being of their states, regions, and the nation through a variety of exemplary, innovative, and sustainable efforts.

“This process provided a unique opportunity for us to better understand the breadth and scope of our economic development efforts,” said University of Illinois President Robert A. Easter. “We thank APLU for recognizing the University’s accomplishments, and we look forward to more great things in the years ahead.”

More information about the IEP Universities designation process can be found at
Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar on August 12, at Noon
In this webinar, University of Illinois policy experts provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.  There is no cost for participation, but registration is required. Topics include:
  • Bending the Curve Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership
  • Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending Elizabeth Powers, UIUC, Economics
  • Healthy Spending Anthony Lo Sasso, UIC, Health Policy and Administration
  • Better Fiscal Planning Nancy Hudspeth, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project
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