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Rohrer Presented Perry Schneider Special Recognition Award

01/07/2021 @ 3:35 pm

Bob Rohrer, Manager of the Cook County Farm Bureau and Executive Director of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, was recently presented the Perry Snyder Special Recognition Award by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE).


During remarks upon accepting the award, Rohrer said, “I am a ‘behind the scenes guy’ with the Ag literacy staff and volunteer leaders serving as the faces of our Ag Literacy program. I view this award as a recognition for the Cook County Farm Bureau, Foundation, Ag literacy program and the many staff and volunteer leaders that are truly responsible for our collective success here in urban Cook County.” He added “what a joy it is to be a part of it!”


The Perry Schneider Special Recognition award is presented to people whose work and/or efforts do not fit into any of the other specific ILCAE award categories. These agricultural education champions have shown distinctive dedication to Illinois agricultural education or have gone above and beyond what is required of them in the area of agricultural education. 


Ms. Katie Pratt, Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator, Lee County Farm Bureau was also recognized for the same award during the program.


Past recipients of this award from the Cook County Farm Bureau staff include Diane Merrion, Director of Ag Literacy (2014) and Gail Petersdorff, former Ag in the Classroom Coordinator (2005).


During the statewide zoom videoconference meeting and recognition ceremony, ILCAE also recognized other agricultural advocates in Illinois including the following…


Excellence in Agribusiness Award
   -Becky Ropp, Director, Compliance & Communications, GROWMARK, Inc.

Excellence in Media Award
   -DeLoss Jahnke, Network Anchor/Editor, RFD Illinois

Jim Guilinger Legislative Award
    -Senator Scott Bennett, 52nd District
    -Senator Jill Tracy, 47th District                          
    -Representative Sonya Harper, 6th District
    -Representative Charlie Meier, 108th District


The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is governed by a 30-member board of directors who represent and serve as a link between the agricultural industry and agricultural education. ILCAE is an advocacy group focused on legislation, funding, and promotion of agricultural education and serves as an advisory council for the initiatives of the Agricultural Education line item. ILCAE is responsible for the vision of Agricultural Education thru the Illinois Agricultural Education Plan. ILCAE was formed in 1984 as a result of a grassroots movement by the Illinois agriculture industry to recognize that agriculture is central to the welfare and economic stability of the state and requires a continued source of trained and qualified individuals for employment in agriculture.

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