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Ag takes spotlight in Bloomington

This month's McLean Co. Chamber Ag Awareness Breakfast in Bloomington.

BLOOMINGTON – Agriculture was celebrated during the annual McLean County Chamber of Commerce Ag Awareness Breakfast held earlier this month in Bloomington.

Those attending the annual event at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center had the chance to sit down and talk about the industry while also hearing about what is happening locally.

“With all of the amazing things that have happened in Bloomington-Normal over the last several decades, agriculture still remains our number one industry here,” said Charlie Moore, McLean County Chamber president and CEO.

Not only did the Chamber lift up ag as an industry but the group recognized the numerous students in attendance from local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs.

The McLean County Chamber Agribusiness Council discusses a variety of issues throughout the year, keeping the importance of agriculture front and center.

“We have representatives from all different types of agriculture, whether it be futures and stocks, farming and production or other ag associations,” added Moore.

Moore said the Chamber was happy to host the local agriculture awards dinner late last year and looks forward to doing it again this November. Even though they do amazing things, farmers are very humble and don’t always like acknowledgement or recognition.

“Farmers are doing incredible work. Not just our century farmers but young farmers and people who are just getting into the industry.”

Agriculture’s importance was top of mind when the McLean County Chamber logo was created, which resembles a corn kernel. This encourages everyone to remember their roots and celebrate history while looking forward as well.

Moore reports good news when it comes to the Chamber as engagements and memberships are up in a time when many are looking at how to rebound since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He sees many reasons for optimism.

“There is investment from companies coming internationally,” Moore explained.

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