Blue Coats Invade Springfield

Blue Coats Invade Springfield

Mar 18
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  
Every year, the blue coats of Illinois FFA members swarm the Illinois State House in Springfield to drive home messages to our legislators about the importance of agriculture in this state. On Thursday, the FFA students delivered tangible reminders in a package of commodity food products and other items to each legislator and constitutional officer.  The new 98th General Assembly is the first to be elected following the 2011 redistricting, and there are many new faces in the House and in the Senate. The blue coats are the most visible symbol of the vitality of Illinois agriculture during the annual Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day, which brings together leaders from agricultural interest organizations across Illinois to highlight policy issues that are critical to the well-being of agriculture in the state and speak directly to lawmakers in Springfield. ACES very own Amelia Martens, senior in agricultural communications, is the reigning Miss Illinois County Fair from Rock Island County. Amelia eloquently addressed the gathering and represented county fair to senators and representatives at the Capitol. The common theme throughout the day was that the future is bright for the agricultural sector and that we need a new generation of educated agricultural professionals to lead us there.