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For many years now, an Illini football weekend has been the backdrop to give respect and honor to our agricultural industry and heritage. It’s also been an opportunity to create awareness of the contributions of agriculture to Illinois and to provide a gathering place for many of the leaders in Illinois agriculture. Now called Salute to Agriculture, this tailgate celebration of Illinois agriculture, coupled with an Illini pep rally, evolved from the Illini Pork Days of the past. Salute to Agriculture is a fun Saturday with an opportunity for Illini faithful, alumni, university VIPs, and the best of Illinois agriculture to rub shoulders with one another AND to show Illinois students and prospective students the great opportunities that exist for them going forward in agriculture.
Last year, Salute to Agriculture had a great turnout on a beautiful September morning. This year promises to be the same. On Saturday, September 7, the College of ACES invites you and your friends, family, and the outstanding students from your community to attend the annual Salute to Agriculture Day event at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Meet us in the big tent outside of the State Farm Center (Assembly Hall) from 9-11 a.m. for a great pre-game event!
Prior to watching the Fighting Illini take on the Cincinnati Bearcats, you will enjoy an amazing event, including the chance to meet U of I President Bob Easter and legendary agribusiness broadcaster Orion Samuelson. You can also meet faculty, staff and some of our ACES students, while enjoying a breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches and L.A. Gourmet signature cinnamon rolls.
For the jam-packed Salute to Agriculture tailgate event that morning, adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. You can also enjoy the football game as part of the Salute to Agriculture block in the legendary Memorial Stadium for only $20 per ticket. You can’t go wrong that early in the season.