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Event Celebrates 100th Anniversary of WIU School of Ag; 50th Anniversary of Ag Mech Ag Expo

January 7, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and the annual, student-run Ag Mech Ag Expo will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, highlighted by a dinner and ceremony Saturday, Feb. 8 in the University Union Heritage Room.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Admission for dinner is a free-will donation. School of Agriculture Alumnus Cliff Becker '82 will serve as emcee for the event. Becker is the senior vice president for the Farm Journal. Several distinguished alumni will be honored during the event, which coincides with the end of the first day of this year's Ag Expo in Western Hall.

"In 1920, the agriculture and biology curriculum at Western were split into two separate departments, which has led us to this event in celebrating the 100th year of the School of Agriculture.  It is also the 50th year anniversary for the Ag Expo, which the 100th year event will coincide with this year's Ag Expo," said School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker. "We hope to attract as many alumni as possible to attend this very special event to help us celebrate 100 years of agriculture at Western Illinois University.  We will be recognizing several distinguished alumni at this event, as well as raising funds to support several different projects within the department.  Our strong alumni base has helped sustain the growth in our department and will be the foundation for the next 100 years of agriculture at Western Illinois University."

To register for the anniversary celebration dinner, visit or email Jana Knupp at

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