- Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 01:13 PM
Villa Park — The DuPage County Farm Bureau recently presented Senator Tom Cullerton with its Friend of Agriculture Award. This award is given to people in public life with strong records of support for agriculture in Illinois.
“I am honored to receive this honor from the DuPage County Farm Bureau,” Cullerton said of the award. “Agriculture is a very important part of our state’s history and identity. I support farms in DuPage County and throughout the state, because the health of Illinois is strongly linked to the health of the agriculture industry.”
“We were proud to present Tom Cullerton with this year’s Friend of Agriculture award,” said DuPage County Farm Bureau President William Pauling. “He has consistently taken votes to foster an economy that works for all Illinoisans and honors our state’s agricultural heritage.”
Agriculture continues to be a crucial part of Illinois’ economy. Illinois is home to more than 75,000 farm operators and 27 million acres of farmland. Each year, marketing of Illinois’ agricultural commodities generates more than $19 billion.