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‘Celebrate Food and Ag’ at Illinois

Formerly known as Salute to Ag Day, the annual UI ACES tailgate gets a new name and location in the Stock Pav.

Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

September 3, 2019

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Mark and Rocky Nelson family at Salute to Ag Day
ORANGE AND BLUE: The annual ACES tailgate has been a perennial favorite for families and alumni to reconnect, like the Mark and Rocky Nelson family. Holly Spangler

This year, the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences tailgate has a new name and location: Celebrate Food and Agriculture Day will be held in the renovated Stock Pavilion from 8-11 a.m. on Sept. 14.

The event was formerly known as Salute to Ag Day and was held as a tailgate in a tent near the stadium.

The event is hosted by the College of ACES to welcome Illinois supporters in food, agriculture and allied industries to campus to cheer on the Fighting Illini football team as they play Eastern Michigan. A breakfast buffet will be served, followed by brief remarks at 9:30 a.m.

The Stock Pavilion was renovated a couple of years ago, and visitors will be able to take tours of the renovated spaces. The college also will be revealing custom terra-cotta animal head medallions that are being returned home to the Stock Pav.

Tickets for the Celebrate Food and Ag event are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students up to 21 years old, and are available online. Tickets for the football game are available exclusively through the Athletic Ticket Office.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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