Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming and Conservation

Farmland is the most abundant land use in Northeastern Illinois. It can support habitat for important insects, and wildlife; improve water quality, flood control and climate mitigation; sustain livelihoods; and grow food for the region’s residents. For these reasons, as well as supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, the futures of food, farming and conservation are becoming increasingly interwoven in the farmland of Northeastern Illinois. In partnership with Openlands, we are hosting a series of dialogues to bring together farmers, conservationists, planners, residents and business leaders alike to discuss current trends in farming and natural resource protection, and collaborate on how best to collectively shape future strategies and decisions around local land use together.

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