2019 - Ag Awareness Breakfast

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Name: 2019 - Ag Awareness Breakfast
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

The Chamber will celebrate and show support for agriculture education and the advancement of agriculture in our community during the 2019 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Awareness Breakfast on Wednesday, March 20 at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington.  A Keynote Presentation will be given by John Phipps, commentator for U.S. Farm Report.  

U.S. Farm Report airs weekly on Saturday and/or Sunday, and is hosted by Tyne Morgan, with exclusive on-farm commentary from John Phipps.  


For more information, please contact John Walsh at 309-829-1188.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Traci Andracke at 309-829-1183 for more information.

About John Phipps

John was born in 1948 and raised on a six-generation farm in east-central Illinois. He graduated with honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1970 with a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a minor in economics.

The next five years were spent as a nuclear engineering officer aboard the USS Seahorse, a fast-attack submarine home-ported in Charleston, S.C. During this time, he married Jan Sonneveldt from Grand Rapids, Mich. They have two sons: Aaron, a mining engineer who returned to the farm in 2008; and Jack, a project director for US Cellular in Chicago.

John returned to his family's 600-acre farm in 1975. The farm now comprises 2,140 acres in Edgar County. At various times, he has sold computers and software to farmers, worked in a mortgage banking operation as a closing officer, and taught at the Danville Area Community College.

John's community activities include Lions Club, FmHA County Committee, Ag Extension Council, Republican Precinct Committeeman, and CPR Instructor. He is past president of the Edgar County Farm Bureau, past member of the Illinois Commission on Atomic Energy, a former director for Illini FS, president of the Edgar County Board of Health, and served on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and National Corn Congress. John is a 1988 graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. He is active in the United Methodist Church, serving as a certified lay speaker and choir director.

John writes humor and commentary, appearing regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer magazines as a contributing editor. His work has also been published in Farm & Country in Canada, Produktion in Denmark and The American Enterprise. In 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2004 his works were selected for Best Humor; in 1995, 2000 and 2003, Best Regular Column; and in 2003, Best Editorial Opinion by the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2004, he was named Writer of the Year. He also appeared regularly on Weekend Marketplace as a commentator.

In 2005, he assumed the position of host of U.S. Farm Report, the nation’s longest-running TV show, stepping down from the position in 2014 to spend more time on the farm. Also in 2005, he began "Incoming," a unique weblog for those who farm and those who like farms. 


Event Sponsors:
  • Compeer Financial
  • COUNTRY Financial
  • Evergreen FS, Inc.
  • Commerce Bank
  • GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Brandt
  • Bates Commodities, LLC
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Hudson Grain Co. Co-Op
  • First Farmers State Bank
  • ADVANCE Trading Inc.
  • Illinois State University-Dept. of Agriculture
  • Soy Capital Ag Services
  • Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC
  • McLean County Farm Bureau
  • Corn Belt Energy Corporation
  • Bloomington-Normal Community Bank
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Ameren Illinois Utilities
  • Heartland Bank and Trust Company
  • Redbird Sports Properties-Learfield Sports
  • Wilson Seed
  • University of Illinois Extension-McLean County
  • United Prairie, LLC
  • Neuhoff Media
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Busey Bank
The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center
1621 Jumer Drive
Bloomington, IL  61704
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, March 20th
6:30am - Breakfast Begins
7:00pm - Keynote Presentation & Program
No charge to attend
Registration is appreciated
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