Privacy Policy

The Land Connection (“we,” “our,” or “us”) operates Illinois FarmLink at the site (“Website”). This Privacy Policy informs you about our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of the Website.

What data we collect, and why we collect it

We may collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including:

  • Personal Information: We may collect personal information, such as your name, email address, phone number, location, and demographics, when you create an account or profile on our Website.
  • Usage Information: We may collect information about how you use the Website, such as the pages you visit, the time and date, and your IP address.
  • Other Information: We may collect any additional information you provide us with voluntarily.

We use this information to operate and maintain our Website, to provide services and support to our users, to communicate with users, and to conduct research about the farming community in Illinois. We may also use the information to apply for grants or funding opportunities.


If you upload images to the Website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Users of the Website can download and extract any location data from images on the Website.


Our website uses cookies to provide a better user experience and personalize visitors’ content. Cookies are small text files placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. They are widely used to make websites work more efficiently and provide owners with user information. Our website uses cookies to remember your preferences, to understand how you interact with our site, and to improve our services. We also use cookies to provide login functionality for our users. These cookies are essential for users who have registered with us to access certain site areas. By using our website, you consent to use cookies under this policy. If you do not agree to use cookies, please adjust your browser settings accordingly, or do not use our website.


While website analytics are used, they are only used to understand traffic to the site, traffic flows within the site, and where Users of the Website are coming from.

Disclosure of Information

We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties. However, we may disclose your information to the following types of third parties:

  • Service providers: We may disclose your information to our service providers who provide services to us, such as hosting, data analysis, and customer support. An example is if you donate or register for an event through the Website, your contact information will be shared with the software company that manages donations and event registrations for The Land Connection.
  • Government agencies: We may disclose your information to government agencies or other third parties as required by law or to protect our legal rights.

We may also disclose your information if we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or violations of our terms of use.

How long we retain your data?

We currently retain user data indefinitely unless the user makes a deletion request. This includes personal data such as name, email address, and any other information the user provides. We retain this data to improve our services and comply with legal obligations.

If you would like us to delete your data, please get in touch with us using the contact details provided below. We will take reasonable steps to delete your data promptly, subject to any legal obligations that may require us to retain certain information.

What rights do you have over your data?

You can request access to, correct, or delete our collected data as a website user. You also have the right to object to the processing of your data and to request that we restrict the processing of your data in certain circumstances.
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact details provided below. We will take reasonable steps to respond to your request promptly, subject to any legal obligations that may require us to retain certain information.


We take reasonable measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, disclosure, or alteration. However, no security measure is perfect or impenetrable, and we cannot guarantee the security of your data.

Third-Party Links

Our Website may contain links to third-party websites we do not own or control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of these websites before providing any personal information.

Changes to this privacy policy

The Land Connection can update this Privacy Policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to
review this Privacy Policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Website, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you disagree with this policy, please do not use our Website. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes. Note that this Privacy Policy is governed by and construed by the laws of the State of Illinois.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at:
The Land Connection
206 N. Randolph St., Suite 400
Champaign, IL 61820

This Privacy Statement was last revised on March 3, 2023. We may change this Privacy Statement at any time and for any reason. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement each time you visit the website.