Senate lawmakers celebrates 47th annual Illinois Agricultural Legislative Day at the Capitol

<p>In honor of the 47<sup>th</sup> annual Illinois Agricultural Legislative Day (IALD), farm and agricultural organizations and interest groups were invited to join Illinois lawmakers in the State Capitol on March 30. The day-long event, organized by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, offers the groups the opportunity to speak with their local legislators about industry-related issues, as well as educate them about their own agri-business and role in the community. </p>
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<p>This year&rsquo;s event began with an exclusive working breakfast for the participating organizations and friends of the agriculture community, followed by a roundtable briefing with the majority and minority leaders of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee and the Illinois Farm Bureau.&nbsp;As always, throughout the day, time was set aside for organizations to sit down with their local legislators to discuss Illinois&rsquo; agricultural priorities and legislation for the coming year. </p>
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<p>In preparation of the event, each organization was encouraged to put together a packed lunch for their legislators, along with a basket of agricultural products that embody Illinois&rsquo; agricultural diversity. Members of Illinois&rsquo; FFA organizations and vocational teachers volunteered their services to deliver the lunches to the legislators. </p>
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<p>Capping off National Agriculture Month, the annual event drew over 50 participating organizations. To view the IALD Directory or update your organization&rsquo;s listing, go to <a href=”https://www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/IALD/directory/”>https://www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/IALD/directory/</a>. </p>
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