About Us

Our Commitment

The Local Food Systems and Small Farms team is dedicated to providing education, resources, and programming that helps Illinois residents safely produce, grow, and consume locally produced agricultural products. From beekeeping to fruit production, and from learning how to run a small farm to marketing your farm products, our educators want to help small farms in Illinois thrive.

Be Part of the Future of Farming in Illinois

Farming is changing. For more than 100 years, University of Illinois Extension has trained small-scale and commercial farmers to meet the challenges they face. Be part of the future of farming in Illinois by taking a few minutes to fill out a survey online at go.illinois.edu/AgNeeds.

The anonymous survey is open to all Illinois producers, and agriculture industry professionals now through March 2022. It will take 10-20 minutes to complete. The responses will help Extension agriculture educators develop trainings on topics and research projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of Illinois agriculture.

Our Staff