The Illinois Specialty Growers Association (ISGA) was formed in 1989 to improve the coordination and cooperation among our individual associations.
ISGA is an umbrella organization for the following affiliated associations:
- Illinois Herb Association
- Illinois Irrigation Association
- Illinois State Horticultural Society
- Illinois Vegetable Growers Association
The purpose of ISGA is the promotion and development of the Illinois specialty crop industry.
Originally called the Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Foundation, the Illinois Specialty Growers Association changed its name to reflect changes in the marketplace. The name acknowledges the importance of a diverse number of crops commercially produced in Illinois.
Contact Us: Diane Handley, DHandley@ilfb.org or 309-557-3662.
Charlene Blary, CBlary@ilfb.org or 309-557-2107.
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ISGA Newsletter Advertising
ISGA publishes a newsletter three times a year with timely information pertaining to our association in general as well as each of the four affiliated associations. If you would like to consider advertising in our publication, please e-mail Charlene at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sample newsletter and a copy of the Newsletter Advertising Package.
ISGA Members Travel to DC to Promote Immigration Reform
On Tuesday, April 23, three ISGA members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with legislators regarding proposed immigration reform bills in the Senate and the House. Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau Director of National Legislation, led a group of five farmers on a two-day trip to Washington DC to meet with Senator and House members and staff. ISGA members who participated in this IFB-led “Strike Team” effort included Chris Eckert, Eckert’s Orchard; Sarah Frey-Talley, Frey Produce; and Don Ahrens, Twin Garden Farms. The group also included a dairy producer and livestock producer. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the group met with various House and Senate Representatives and/or their Aides as well as the Chief Counsel of the US House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Mike Orso, IFB Director of News & Communications, interviewed Chris, Don, and Sarah. Their thoughts are captured in this audio clip.
Illinois Ag Invest Program (low-interest loans) The Ag Invest program makes loans more affordable for farmers and agricultural professionals to plant and harvest crops, explore opportunities in agribusiness and rebound from difficult economic times.