“Growing up in the small farming community of Gifford, Illinois, I
take pride in our state’s rich agriculture,” Frerichs said. “I know
the beauty and strength that can be found on our farms and I look
forward to seeing it through the eyes of our children.”
The contest is open to Illinois students, ages 8-18. Top photographs
will be chosen in three age-based categories: ages 8-10, 11-14, and
15-18. Each student is allowed to submit up to two photos by July 7.
Submissions should be made electronically.
The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an
opportunity for Illinois students to submit their most innovative or
scenic picture that depicts their vision of agriculture in our
state. Contest winners will be featured in Ag Invest marketing
materials and the 2016 Illinois State Fair.
Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit
programs. It helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture
professionals. The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners
with eligible lenders to offer farmers annual and long-term,
low-interest loans which can be used for operating costs, equipment
purchases, construction-related expenses, and livestock purchases.
To read all of the rules, terms and legal conditions associated with
this contest, click here or contact Rebecca Huston at 217.558.6217.
For more information on the contest, click here.
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About the Illinois Treasurer
The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer and Frerichs is a
Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings
plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all
ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief
Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. The portfolio
includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5
billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is
cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $28 to the state for
every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois
incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.
[Office of the Illinois State
Treasurer Michael Frerichs]