On April 11, lawmakers celebrated Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day (IALD), which brings together farm, agricultural commodity organizations and other diverse agriculture interest groups to the state Capitol.
FFA students from all across Illinois met with lawmakers, and also provided baskets filled with agricultural products and specialty lunches for the legislators. The purpose of these baskets is to remind lawmakers about the multiple facets agriculture has in the lives of their constituents and the impacts their choices make on the world of agriculture.
Senate Republican legislators talk about the importance of Illinois' number one industry--agriculture--and encourage young people to remain involved in agriculture.
Senator Jason Barickman (Bloomington) welcomes Miss Illinois County Fair Samantha Hasselbring to the Illinois Senate, and speaks with her more about her role as County Fair Queen.
Senator Paul Schimpf welcomed fellow Waterloo resident Joe Birrettier, the Illinois Association FFA President.