Ag groups gather for 50th Illinois Ag Legislative Day

Governor J.B. Pritzker addresses attendees

Livestock, commodity, ag business and youth groups are gathered in Springfield today for the 50th Illinois Ag Legislative Day.

Governor JB Pritzker, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and Acting Illinois Director of Agriculture Jerry Costello kicked off the event by addressing attendees and outlining the highlights of Illinois agriculture.

Illinois Farm Bureau representatives then discussed agriculture issues and priorities before commodity groups visited with legislators in the capitol building.

Jerry Hicks with the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers is on the event committee. He tells Brownfield it has a large impact on state legislators.

“I think it shows them exactly what the scope is of agriculture because we tend to think it is strictly farming. It gives them an idea that agriculture is much farther reaching in the state of Illinois than they might think.”

Legislators will also receive a basket full of Illinois products from one of nearly 800 FFA members at today’s event and visit with Illinois 4-H members at their Legislative Connection event tomorrow.

Interview with Jerry Hicks

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