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Illinois is known as a major producer of corn and soybeans for the world market. But if more grains like barley, wheat and oats were introduced into crop rotations, and farmed sustainably, it would increase farmers’ overall yield and mitigate climate change—not to mention create beneficial opportunities at home for Chicagoans to sell, cook with and eat locally grown, nutritious whole grains.

But what would it take to actually make all of this happen? That is what the Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) is working to solve.