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A Salute to Ag

Annual event is set for March 24

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 2:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:45 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual Salute to Agriculture event Friday, March 24.

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Jay Vroom, president/CEO of CropLife America, who plans to talk about growing food and leaders in the ag industry. Vroom is a Princeton native, Bureau County landowner and relative to local farmers Lynn Hultine and Evan Hultine.

Due to the success of the Salute to Ag events over the last couple years, the Chamber Ag Committee will be presenting its inaugural ag scholarship to two local high school recipients.

Derek Fetzer, chairman of the committee, said qualifications were based on community and school involvement, the desire to pursue either a two- or four-year degree in an agriculture-related field and GPA.

“The Chamber wanted to give back to the ag community in the form of a scholarship for those students who are planning to pursue higher education,” he said.

Every year, the Salute to Ag event brings together ag leaders of all generations. Along with Vroom, the event will also feature presentations given by Bureau County FFA members, and the winners of the annual agriculture student art contest will be recognized.

Bureau County Farm Bureau Director Jill Frueh has been working with the art contest, and revealed this year’s theme is “Farm to Fork.”

“We encourage students, through our classroom lessons, to be aware of how the ingredients from their meals are grown by farmers and come from farms. This allows them to understand the importance of agriculture to their daily lives and how important the agricultural economy is to their community,” she said. “The Farm to Fork theme highlights this lesson.”

Frueh is looking forward to the event and said it’s a celebration that encompasses many aspects of the ag community — from recognizing students and the Ag in the Classroom Program to ag business and the local farm leaders.

“Agriculture is a large part of this community. This breakfast brings several aspects of the industry together in one event to celebrate its successes,” she said.

Chamber Director Kim Frey said Salute to Ag got started three years ago when it was decided the Chamber needed to create an ag committee that would work to better recognize agriculture efforts across the board.

“The reason we started doing it was because we’re in a rural area. We continue to get more and more ag-related members, and we wanted to recognize them,” she said. “It’s our way to saying thank you to the Farm Bureau and their contributions and what they do for this community.”

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