Agriculture Awareness Breakfast

Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM CDT

Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM CDT
Held Virtually via Zoom





2021 Ag Awareness Breakfast Recording:  WATCH HERE 




For the safety of our members and their employees, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce is hosting this year's Ag Awareness Breakfast virtually!

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce Agri-business Council invites you to celebrate and show support for agriculture education and the advancement of agriculture in our community during the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Agriculture Awareness Breakfast on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:30 a.m..  The breakfast highlights FFA Service Award Winners, Maitland Scholarship Fund Recipients, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Chris Harbourt. 


Meal registration is closed as of 7:30 am, March 17th.  If you would like to request a meal, please contact the Chamber at or 309-829-6344.   Meal pick up is March 17th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at designated pick-up locations on the east side and west side of town.  

The event program will begin at 7:30 am on March 18th via Zoom, is open to the community, and free to attend thanks to our generous event sponsors.  Registration is required in order to receive your breakfast box and instructions to log-in for the program.  


Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Chris Harbourt,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Adjunct Assistant Professor for Department of Crop Sciences and Assistant Director for Center for Digital Ag as well as Global Head of Carbon at Indigo.


Leveraging over 25 years of experience in leadership positions at the intersection of science, agriculture, engineering, and business, Chris leads Indigo’s efforts to develop a trusted and scientifically rigorous carbon credit program for farmers.  An accomplished scientist and business strategist, Chris has experience founding, leading, and growing agtech companies dedicated to helping the world’s farmers grow more abundant and sustainable crops.


Keynote Address:  "The Future of Carbon Farming and What It Means to Agriculture"





The John Maitland Agricultural Awareness Fund's Virtual "Pass the Hat"

To keep with tradition, we will be conducting a VIRTUAL pass the hat for the John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Fund.  This fund was launched at the 2002 McLean County Ag Breakfast, in honor of Senator John Maitland and his many years of outstanding service to McLean County. This special fund was created locally by the McLean County Extension Service Foundation and named the John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Fund.  The funds are invested through the local McLean County Extension Foundation with the University of Illinois Foundation, with professional fund managers striving for maximum return on investment. This grant is made possible by generous contributions from the Maitland family. The funds collected from the “pass the hat” at this breakfast will be matched by the Maitlands and used to fund next year’s winners of the John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Grant. Through these generous donations, support is given to teachers working hard to incorporate agriculture in their classrooms.


For our virtual “pass the hat” donors can opt to give online through the McLean County Extension Service Foundation, details are provided below, or collections will be taken on-site at each of the Grab & Go Breakfast locations.   


Donate Online Here

  • Please indicate “Maitland” in the “leave a comment” section of the form to apply your donation to this designated fund.


Questions can be directed to Jancy LaFollette at or (309) 829-1185.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

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