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Recognizing the meaningful impact agriculture has on our State, National, and Global competitiveness, the Illinois Farm Bureau recognizes legislators with a strong voting record in favor of the industry.  This week, Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) was among the organization’s honorees for his pro-agriculture voting record during his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Illinois Farm Bureau for my voting record in support of agriculture.  As a legislator who did not grow up on a family farm, I am so grateful for the warm welcome and helpful education provided by our local and state farm bureau leaders.  Farm Bureau members are dedicated advocates who effectively communicate the issues important to their families,” said Rep. Ryan Spain.   

Spain was awarded the Friend of Agriculture Award by Peoria County Farm Bureau Member Fred Carroll and Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchofer on October 16 in rural Kickapoo.  

“Illinois farmers feed the world and generate enormous impact for our local economy,” said Rep. Spain.  “The Farm Bureau does a great job with programs like ‘Ag in the Classroom’ to make sure consumers understand where their food comes from and the work that goes into creating it.”

“As a strong advocate for farmers, I am pleased to work tirelessly with legislators on both sides of the aisle to stress the importance of agriculture in our economy,” said Spain, who represents portions of Peoria, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Bureau, and LaSalle counties in the Illinois House.

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State Representative Ryan Spain announced that Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, will be awarding a 2019 Project Next Generation (PNG) grant to Brimfield Public Library as well as 30 other libraries throughout the State.

“Brimfield Public Library has an excellent track record as strong stewards of grant funding,” said Rep. Ryan Spain.  “I am pleased Secretary White awarded their application funding.”

The Brimfield Public Library District will receive $21,770 in grant funding as part of Secretary White’s announcement of more than $525,000 in statewide funding.

“I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library,” said Secretary White in announcing this year’s awards. 

Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries.  Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting, and conflict resolution.

Recipients were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Grants were awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.  For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/png.html.

Rep. Spain attended the Peoria County Farm Bureau Picnic & the Woodford County Farm Bureau Picnic, both on August 20.  Below is a photo from the Woodford County Picnic in Eureka.


Rep. Ryan Spain & Senator Chuck Weaver hosted their annual Senior Fair at Snyder Village in Metamora on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Dozens of exhibitors and seniors attended to learn more about state and local agencies and services.