Thursday Sep 3, 2020 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM CDTOnline via Zoom
No charge to attend, but registration is required for breakfast pick-up.
Please add the names of your guests as well as individual email addresses on the registration form.
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 Agribusiness Council invites you to celebrate and show support for agriculture education and the advancement of agriculture in our community during the 2020 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Agriculture Awareness Breakfast on Thursday, September 3rd. The event highlight is a keynote address by Raghela Scavuzzo, Associate Director of Food Systems Development from the Illinois Farm Bureau. Raghela's address is "Growing Our Community Together: How you can grow, buy, eat and live local. "
Breakfast will be a "Grab & Go" option with pick up September 2nd. Registered attendees will be able to pick up their breakfast box the day before (times and locations TBD).
The virtual event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will wrap-up around 8:30 a.m.
The event is FREE to attend thanks to our generous event sponsors, however, registration is required in order to receive your breakfast box.
Additional details regarding breakfast "grab & go" locations, and the link to the virtual event will be sent after participants have registered.
Raghela Scavuzzo started with Illinois Farm Bureau as the Local Foods Program Manager in the Governmental Affairs and Commodities Division in 2017. She is now the Associate Director of Food Systems Development for the organization.
In this position, Raghela is responsible for developing and coordinating farmers and food market channels for local food initiatives and food safety. This includes business development outreach to county farm bureaus, monitoring organic production regulations and food safety issues, and coordinating Farmer-Buyer meetings. Raghela oversees local and regional food system development and local food workings groups. She establishes relationships with corporate and regional buyers while serving as the local food spokesperson for the farm bureau with statewide local food organizations.
Beginning in 2014, Raghela helped develop and coordinate a local food hub and food access program in Birmingham, Alabama. She helped build infrastructure, provide technical assistance, and develop marketing centered around local food to increase revenue for farmers and the state of Alabama. Her previous experience includes: local-supply chain coordination, food packaging and quality control management, local food marketing campaign coordination, operations process and system development, training and workshop implementation, consumer education management, and farmer-buyer relationship coordination.
Raghela holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in classical studies with a focus in Latin from Westminster College. She and a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University with a focus in global community health, behavior science, and nutrition.
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