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Carrie Vogel (right) will be the new agricultural literacy coordinator for McLean County Ag in the Classroom as current coordinator Bridget Caldwell (left) retires on December 31.


McLean County Fair Appoints New Agricultural Literacy Coordinator

BLOOMINGTON – The McLean County Fair has announced that Carrie Vogel will be the Agricultural Literacy Coordinator for the McLean County Ag in the Classroom program.

“Carrie brings a lot of experience and knowledge in communicating about agriculture to a variety of audiences. We look forward to working with her and continuing the success of our local Ag in the Classroom program, ”said Carly Rickard, McLean County Fair Board Member and McLean County Ag Education Committee Co-Chair.

Vogel holds a degree in Agricultural Communication from the University of Illinois and has worked as an agricultural radio host and preschool teacher.

“I look forward to connecting teachers with resources that will help them teach their students the importance and impact of agriculture in our county,” said Vogel. “I am excited to bring hands-on learning about food and agriculture to the classrooms of Bloomington-Normal and surrounding communities.

McLean County Ag in the Classroom reaches over 9,000 K-12 students through public, private and home-based programs in McLean County. The program provides free resources to local schools and teachers to help students learn about food and agriculture, the science and technology needed to grow crops and raise livestock in the wide variety of careers available in agriculture.

McLean County AITC is a special McLean County Fair program, supported by additional funding from the McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation and an annual grant from the IAA Foundation. TIAC is the local partner of Illinois Ag in the Classroom and the National Ag in the Classroom program.

Vogel will replace Bridget Caldwell, who will retire on December 31. Caldwell has been the Agricultural Literacy Coordinator since 2013.

“We congratulate Bridget on her retirement and are delighted to continue offering free classes and activities to local schools with our new coordinator,” said Austin O’Neall, local farmer and co-chair of the McLean County Agricultural Education Committee. .

4th book by local author on tour with Celebrate Lit

BLOOMINGTON – Allen Brokken, author of the “Towers of Light” series, released his fourth book, “Armor of God” on November 19 and will be touring reviews with the agency Celebrate Lit until December 18.

“Armor of God” highlights the importance of spiritual defenses and shares a Christian message about strengthening your spiritual defenses and the strength of God. It is a continuation of the faith-based series and explores various aspects of the Christian worldview from the perspective of three children.

Brokken has been a resident of Bloomington-Normal for a decade. He began writing the series for his own children to help it illustrate deep Bible truths in an engaging and age-appropriate way. He tells stories on social media @allenbrokkenauthor and

“Armor of God” is available for purchase as a Kindle eBook and Paperback on Amazon, at and other online retailers. Guests can join the Celebrate Lit tour at

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