Several years ago, representatives of Illinois food and agriculture organizations launched the Vision for Illinois Agriculture, an industry-wide effort aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the state in the global marketplace.
It is for good reason that the Midwest is called the nation’s breadbasket. Agriculture has been a significant driver of the regional economy for many years—and continues to be, even as most of us no longer farm our own land.
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
The USDA Northern Regional Research Lab, commonly known as the “Ag Lab,” is a powerhouse of intellectual capital and scientific capacity harnessing the creative force of research to address the needs of the United States, its agriculture and its industry.
As director of the USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Sebesta is responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating research programs designed to fulfill the goals of a complex national strategic plan for agricultural research.
Out in the remote Midwest, between Middle Grove and Fairview in Fulton County, lies 101 acres that have afforded thousands of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.