URBANA, Ill. – Illinois agriculture specialists will share their experience and outlook at An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture, a public dinner event to be held Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Spice Box on the University of Illinois campus.
“In some sense, American agriculture is a series of communities – defined by geography, commodities produced, cultural interests, shared experiences, and often bonded together by that familiar and trusted voice that comes across the airwaves every day with news vital to decisions and the understanding of issues and opportunities,” said Robert Easter, U of I president who will provide opening comments at the event. “Growing up in far southwest Texas, the voice for my community was Henry Howell at noon on radio station WOAI in San Antonio, 100 miles to the east and light years from the world where I lived.”
Easter joined the Illinois faculty as professor of swine nutrition and management in 1976 and became head of the Department of Animal Sciences in 1996. He was dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from 2002 to 2009 and has served as the U of I president since March 2012.
Following Easter’s remarks, Paul Coolley will offer a toast. Coolley is a founding analyst for WILLAg.org’s agricultural programming. U of I Extension agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey will present information on crop insurance with comments from Tom Kadlec, president of ADM Investor Services.
This year’s market panel will feature Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services; Pete Manhart, Bates Commodities; Wayne Nelson, L&M Commodities; and Jacquie Voeks, Stewart Peterson. U of I agricultural economist Darrel Good will provide a commodity wrapup.
This special event supports the ACES hospitality management program and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences scholarships.
The dinner will be prepared and served by students in the Hospitality Management program at U of I. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The dinner will include meat from a 2013 Illinois State Fair champion hog auctioned at U of I’s Salute to Agriculture Day.
“Last year’s Voices of Illinois Agriculture was so well received that we all knew we wanted to re-create this unique event again,” said Gleason, a 1986 Illinois agriculture communications alumnus and host of Illinois Public Media’s Closing Market Report and Commodity Week programs for WILLAg.org. “It’s a delicious way to share ag economic information while supporting worthy causes.”
The Spice Box is located in Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. Tickets for the event are $100 each. The deadline for registration is Jan. 15.
To register, call 217-333-9355 or visit https://ecommerce.aces.illinois.edu/voicesofagriculture .