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[March 13, 2007]  The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its eighth annual Ag Day Breakfast on March 21 at 7 a.m. The event, to take place in the Laughlin Center on the campus of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, is part of the National Agriculture Week observance.

Keynote speaker for the event is agricultural humorist Dick Burns, a 1973 University of Illinois agriculture graduate. He is a regional sales manager for Burrus Seed and raises purebred Angus cattle. He is married to Colleen Callahan, an agricultural communications expert. They live on a farm near Kickapoo and have one daughter, Brittney, who is a law student at DePaul University.

The highlight of the breakfast will be the announcement of the 2007 Ag Day Scholarship winners. A total of $9,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Logan County students who are studying agriculture, particularly those interested in returning to Logan County. The awards this year bring the running total of scholarship dollars awarded through the chamber's Ag Day Breakfast to $34,000.

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Dave Irwin, chairman of the chamber's Ag Day Committee, emphasizes that the scholarship program and breakfast for the community would not be possible without the generous support of local businesses. Attendees will receive a keepsake canvas tote bag listing the names of the sponsors. Recognition will also take place on souvenir placemats, vendor tables, promotional giveaways and a PowerPoint slide presentation.

There is no charge to attend the breakfast, but a reservation is required. RSVPs must be received prior to 5 p.m. Monday and may be made by calling 217-735-2385.

[Text from file received from the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]

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