URBANA - Illinois farm broadcasters and agriculture economists will share their experiences and outlook on 2013. An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture, a public dinner event, will be held Friday, January 25, at 6 p.m. in the Spice Box on the University of Illinois campus. U of I farm broadcaster Todd Gleason, WGN’s Orion Samuelson, Paul Coolley, Wayne Nelson, Jacquie Voeks, and Gary Schnitkey will all be present for the evening’s activities.
This special event is in support of the Agricultural Communications Endowed Chair and Hospitality Management program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
After obtaining the meat from the 2012 Illinois State Fair grand champion hog at U of I’s Salute to Agriculture Day, Gleason, Coolley, Voeks, and Nelson decided to serve it at a dinner to support these students. Hospitality management students will prepare what Gleason says is a meal to share “with the voices of Illinois agriculture friends.” The meal will include a cocktail hour, a main course featuring pork, and exquisite dessert selections.
Coolley, a retiree of Archer Daniels Midland Investor Services of Oakland, Ill.; Voeks of Stewart Peterson in Champaign; 1974 alumnus Nelson of L & M Commodities in New Market, Ind., and Schnitkey, a U of I professor of agricultural economics, will provide insights on 2013.
“Bringing together agriculture radio personalities and those involved in the college to support these programs is the right thing to do,” said Gleason, a 1986 Illinois agriculture communications alumnus and host of WILL AM – 580’s Closing Market Report and Commodity Week. “It is sure to be an enjoyable and informative evening!”
Tickets for the event are $100, which includes a signed copy of Samuelson’s book, You Can’t Dream Big Enough: The American Farmer’s Friend for Over 60 Years. Samuelson will also be on hand to sign books. The deadline for registration is January 16. The Spice Box is located in Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.
To register, visit https://ecommerce.aces.illinois.edu/voicesofagriculture/ or call 217-333-9355.