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Farmers markets throughout Illinois will be able to offer even greater variety beginning Jan. 1, 2018, thanks to a pair of local food bills that have now both been signed into law by Gov. Rauner. The Local Food Business Opportunities Act (House Bill 2820), sponsored by state Rep. Steven Andersson, R-Geneva, and state Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria, was signed by Gov. Rauner creating greater statewide consistency in certain sanitation rules at farmers markets. “Our farmers will now have more affordable and manageable options available to them to sell meat, eggs and dairy,” said Sarah Simeziane of the Champaign farmers market. “Not only will this boost their own sales, but it will bring more diversity of products to market.”

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