As a follow-up to Rosie’s post yesterday, I thought maybe our audience would appreciate knowing the other places they might go to learn more about the U.S. and Illinois agricultural system and ask their questions to the farmers and ranchers that grow their food.
Illinois Farm Families at www.watchusgrow.org: Illinois Farm Families is a coalition of most of the ag associations in Illinois. We are trying to be a place where non-farmers can gain experiences on the farm, get their questions answered, and feel connected to the farmers growing crops and livestock in Illinois.
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance at www.fooddialogues.com: USFRA is a national coalition of many ag associations – so its similar to Illinois Farm Families but on a national scale. USFRA seeks to provide a place for meaningful dialogue about food and food production between the non-farmers that want to know and the farmers that live it every day. USFRA can provide perspectives on different crops and livestock production methods than Illinois Farm Families because of its national scope.
Illinois Corn at www.ilcorn.org: Illinois Corn is an agricultural association that provides services to farmers, but we do have a profile of all of our board members on our website. Many of our profiles even contain videos of our farmers on their farms. If you are simply interested in meeting farmers and getting a better picture in your head for the average farmer and what he or she does, check us out on our website or our YouTube channel.
Friend a Farmer: This Facebook page provides an opportunity for farmers and non-farmers to engage in conversation about agriculture and answer questions.
A Mile in Her Shoes: Another Facebook page who’s goal is to bring together farming and non-farming women. Are you interested in walking a mile in a farmer’s wife’s shoes? Check this out!
The Food You Eat: If you’re more interested in how your food is produced than what farmers really look like, The Food You Eat might provide some interesting information …
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director