The Growing for Kane Program (Ordinance No. 13-240) is the implementation mechanism by which Kane County and its partners advance the recommendations of the Growing for Kane Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The HIA report provides guidance, through recommended policy and actions, for increasing the supply of locally grown healthy foods, benefiting farmers and supporting networks that supply healthy food options.
This page will be updated periodically to reflect changing needs and feedback provided by Growing for Kane's community partners. Many of the programs listed below have been developed and deployed in response to COVID-19. But over time this page will be updated to include generally recurring tools and resources available to Kane County farmers and other food system stakeholders.
Financial Assistance Programs
Farm Eligibility – Paycheck Protection Program (American Farm Bureau Federation)
CARES Act Agricultural Provisions (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)
Farmer Relief Fund (American Farmland Trust)
Health, Safety, & Disaster Planning
Mental Health and Wellness (Illinois Farm Bureau)
COVID-19 FAQs (USDA) –
Addressing food safety, access to food, pet safety, and trade and foreign agricultural affairs
Food Safety and COVID-19 (FDA)
Advice for Ag Producers on Proceeding During Outbreak (The Country Today)
Rural Health Information Hub
On-Farm Disaster Preparedness Workbook (Penn State Extension)
H2-A Visa Program and COVID-19 (USDA)
COVID-19 Impacts on Agriculture (American Farm Bureau Federation)