Among the additions to the Illinois State Fair this year as a focus on agriculture returns:  honoring those who serve the industry. The Illinois State Fair is naming its first "Ag Ambassadors" -- and first up according to ag director Phillip Nelson:  Glen and Evelyn Brandt(-Thomas) of the Pleasant Plains-based ag products manufacturer that bears the family name.

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"Certainly, the Brandt family -- their company -- has given much to this community as well as the industry," says Nelson. Nelson says the Brandts -- picked by a selection committee of members of the fair's advisory board -- will be participating in a number of state fair activities.
"They'll be very busy throughout the fair -- not only here in Springfield, but DuQuoin as well," says Nelson. He says the hope is to make the award long-term.

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