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Full Text of HB1300  95th General Assembly



State of Illinois
2007 and 2008


Introduced 2/20/2007, by Rep. Julie Hamos - Frank J. Mautino and Careen M Gordon


New Act
30 ILCS 105/5.675 new

    Creates the Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act and the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force. Sets out the composition of the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall develop a plan for expanding and supporting a State local and organic food system and for assessing and overcoming obstacles to an increase in locally grown food and local organic food production. Sets out the contents of the plan. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois Local Organic Food and Farm Fund. Effective immediately.

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1     AN ACT concerning agriculture.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act.
6     Section 5. Legislative findings.
7     Illinois should be the Midwest leader in local and organic
8 food and fiber production.
9     One thousand five hundred miles is the average travel
10 distance for food items now consumed in this State, and
11 agricultural products sold directly for human consumption
12 comprise less than 0.2% of Illinois farm sales.
13     Ninety-five percent of organic food sold in this State is
14 grown and processed outside of the State, resulting in food
15 dollars being exported.
16     Illinois ranks fifth in the nation in loss of farmland.
17     The market for locally grown foods and for organic food is
18 expanding rapidly.
19     Consumers would benefit from additional local food outlets
20 that make fresh and affordable Illinois grown foods more
21 accessible in both rural and urban communities.
22     Communities are experiencing significant problems of
23 obesity and nutrition, including lack of daily access to fresh



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1 fruits and vegetables.
2     Low-income communities that are currently "food deserts"
3 lacking sufficient markets selling fresh fruits and vegetables
4 would benefit from local food distribution systems.
5     The State's urban communities are showing renewed interest
6 in growing food in urban areas.
7     Rural communities would be revitalized by increasing the
8 number of families in the State that live on small properties
9 and by providing fresh high-value local food.
10     Farmers who wish to transition from conventional
11 agriculture to local and organic food would benefit from
12 training and support to diversify their farming operations.
13     Food consumers, farmers, and entrepreneurs would benefit
14 from an expanded infrastructure for processing, storing, and
15 distributing locally grown foods.
16     The capture of existing food dollars within the State would
17 help to revitalize the State's treasury by creating a broad
18 range of new in-state jobs and business opportunities within
19 both rural and urban communities.
20     For the purposes of this Act and for the retention of the
21 greatest benefit from every food dollar spent in this State,
22 support for local food means capturing in Illinois the greatest
23 portion of food production, processing, storing, and
24 distribution possible.
25     Section 10. Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task



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1 Force. The Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force
2 ("the Task Force") is created. The Task Force shall initially
3 be appointed by the Governor and convened by the Department of
4 Agriculture and shall include the following Illinois-based
5 members:
6     (a) one representative each from the Departments of
7 Agriculture, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Human
8 Services;
9     (b) four organic farmers, representing different dairy,
10 meat, vegetable, and grains sectors;
11     (c) four specialty crop producers, representing different
12 flower, fruit, viticulture, aquaculture, fiber, vegetable, and
13 ornamental sectors;
14     (d) two organic processors;
15     (e) one organic distributor and one non-organic
16 distributor;
17     (f) three representatives of not-for-profit educational
18 organizations;
19     (g) one organic certifier;
20     (h) one consumer representative;
21     (i) two representatives of farm organizations;
22     (j) one university agricultural specialist;
23     (k) one philanthropic organization representative;
24     (l) one food retailer representative;
25     (m) two municipal representatives from different
26 communities in the State;



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1     (n) four representatives from community-based
2 organizations focusing on food access, to include at least 3
3 minority members; and
4     (o) one chef specializing in the preparation of locally
5 grown organic foods
6     All members of the Task Force shall be appointed for a
7 2-year term.
8     Section 15. Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Plan.
9 The Task Force shall develop a plan containing policy and
10 funding recommendations for expanding and supporting a State
11 local and organic food system and for assessing and overcoming
12 obstacles to an increase in locally grown food and local
13 organic food production. The Task Force shall prepare and
14 submit its plan in a report to the General Assembly by
15 September 30, 2008, for consideration of its recommendations in
16 the 96th General Assembly. The Plan, among other matters,
17 shall:
18     (a) identify land preservation and acquisition
19 opportunities for local and organic agriculture in rural,
20 suburban, and urban areas;
21     (b) identify farmer training and development, as
22 necessary, by expanding training programs such as Farm
23 Beginnings, incubator projects such as Prairie Crossing Farm,
24 urban agriculture training programs, farmer-to-farmer learning
25 opportunities, or other programs;



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1     (c) identify financial incentives, technical support, and
2 training necessary to help Illinois farmers to transition to
3 local, organic, and specialty crop production by minimizing
4 their financial losses during the 3-year transition period
5 required under USDA standards and to help with recordkeeping
6 requirements;
7     (d) identify strategies and funding needs to make fresh and
8 affordable Illinois-grown foods more accessible, both in rural
9 and urban communities, with an emphasis on creating new food
10 outlets in communities that need them;
11     (e) identify the financial and technical support necessary
12 to build connections between landowners, farmers, buyers, and
13 consumers;
14     (f) identify the financial and technical support necessary
15 to build a local food infrastructure of processing, storage,
16 and distribution;
17     (g) identify the financial and technical support necessary
18 to develop new food and agriculture-related businesses for
19 local food and organic food production and distribution, such
20 as on-farm processing, micro-markets, incubator kitchens, and
21 marketing and communications businesses;
22     (h) identify the financial and technical support necessary
23 to expand the development of farmers markets, roadside markets,
24 and local grocery stores in unserved and underserved areas, as
25 well as the creation of year-round public markets in Chicago
26 and other large communities;



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1     (i) research, identify, and coordinate best practices and
2 opportunities for the development of local food and organic
3 food production;
4     (j) identify opportunities to educate the public and
5 producers about the benefits of local foods systems and about
6 the development opportunities provided through this Act; and
7     (k) identify legal impediments to local food and organic
8 food production, and develop recommendations for a remedy.
9     Section 20. The Illinois Local Organic Food and Farm Fund
10 is created as a special fund in the State treasury. Moneys from
11 gifts, bequests, donations, grants, appropriations, fund
12 transfers, and any other legal source may be deposited into the
13 Fund. Subject to appropriation, moneys in the Fund shall be
14 expended by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
15 Opportunity solely for the purposes of this Act.
16     Section 95. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
17 Section 5.675 as follows:
18     (30 ILCS 105/5.675 new)
19     Sec. 5.675. The Illinois Local Organic Food and Farm Fund.
20     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
21 becoming law.