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Title:Agriculture Equity Commission
Meeting Information:

The Commission shall meet on a quarterly basis, or more often if necessary.
 

Contact Comments:
Function:
To ensure equity in the State's top job producing
industry by recognizing the loss to African American farmers and growers and the difficulties other minorities have faced in the agriculture industry and the effect those difficulties have on the food system, health, and economy of vulnerable communities
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:
Compensation:N/A
Composition:
(1) eight members appointed one each by the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, the House of Representatives Agriculture Chair, the Black Caucus Joint Chair, and the Latino Caucus Chair;
(2) one member of the Latino Caucus;
(3) one member of the Black Caucus;
(4) the Director of Agriculture, or his or her designee;
(5) the Director of Public Health, or his or her designee;
(6) a representative of an agribusiness or small farmer private enterprise, appointed by the Governor;
(7) two representatives of nonprofit community based organizations located in a disproportionately impacted  area or food desert whose primary mission is helping minorities in the agriculture field and increasing healthy food access, appointed by the Governor;
(8) one representative of a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to policy to improve the conditions for socially disadvantaged farmers, appointed by the Governor;
(9) one representative of a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is environmental justice and Increasing healthy food access for minority populations, appointed by the Governor;
(10) six socially disadvantaged farmers or agribusiness owners from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disability, appointed by the Governor;
(11) one person with a background and work experience in journalism, public relations community outreach, and agriculture, appointed by the Governor;
(12) one representative of a nonprofit organization that trains new farmers through apprenticeship programs and increases healthy food access, appointed by the Governor;
(13) one attorney or legal expert in property law, appointed by the Governor;
(14) one representative of a Fortune 500 agribusiness or a business with a significant presence in agriculture that is headquartered or has offices in the State of Illinois, appointed by the Governor;
(15) one representative of an organization dedicated to economic and business development for minorities; and
(16) one agriculture teacher or instructor, or a person from an organization dedicated to agricultural education for minorities and underserved communities, appointed by the Governor.
Authority:Public Act 102-0973

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Harper, Rep. Sonya6/15/2022Speaker of the House of RepresentativesMemberMember
Meier, Rep. Charlie7/18/2022Minority Leader of the House of Representaives MemberMember
Mussman, KeithMinority Leader of the SenateMemberMember
VacantGovernorMemberMember
VacantSenate PresidentMemberMember
Vacant House of Representatives Agriculture ChairMemberMember
VacantBlack Caucus Joint ChairMemberMember
VacantLatino Caucus ChairMemberMember
VacantStatute Member of the Latino CaucusMember
VacantStatuteMember of the Black CaucusMember
VacantStatuteDirector of Agriculture, or his or her designeeMember
VacantStatute Director of Public Health or his or her designeeMember
Vacant GovernorRepresentative of an agribusiness or small farmer private enterpriseMember
Vacant GovernorRepresentative of nonprofit community based organizations located in a disproportionately impacted area or food desert whose primary mission is helping minorities in the agriculture field and increasing healthy food accessMember
VacantGovernorRepresentative of nonprofit community based organizations located in a disproportionately impacted area or food desert whose primary mission is helping minorities in the agriculture field and increasing healthy food accessMember
Vacant GovernorRepresentative of a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to policy to improve the conditions for socially disadvantaged farmersMember
VacantGovernorRepresentative of a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is environmental justice and increasing healthy food access for minority populationsMember
VacantGovernor Person with a background and work experience in journalism, public relations community outreach, and agricultureMember
VacantGovernorRepresentative of a nonprofit organization that trains new farmers through apprenticeship programs and increases healthy food accessMember
VacantGovernorAttorney or legal expert in property lawMember
VacantGovernorRepresentative of a Fortune 500 agribusiness or a business with a significant presence in agriculture that is headquartered or has offices in the State of IllinoisMember
VacantGovernorRepresentative of an organization dedicated to economic and business development for minoritiesMember
Vacant GovernorAgriculture teacher or instructor, or a person from an organization dedicated to agricultural education for minorities and underserved communitiesMember
Vacant GovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember
VacantGovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember
VacantGovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember
VacantGovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember
VacantGovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember
VacantGovernorSocially disadvantaged farmer or agribusiness owner from various areas of the State, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with a disabilityMember