GURNEE, Ill. – State Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is highlighting Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The photo contest is a statewide event that aims to get young people involved with agricultural resources in their communities.

“Although we live in the suburbs, agriculture is all around us and plays a vital role in sustaining our economy and environment,” said Mason. “While students are having to spend time away from school, there’s no better time to get outside and explore the wide array of fields, pastures and farmer’s markets our community has to offer.”

The Cream of the Crop Photo Contest is open to all Illinois students ages 8 to 18. Photo submissions should depict agriculture from any part of Illinois. Winning photos will be used to create promotional materials for Ag Invest, the treasurer’s program that provides low-interest loans to farmers. The contest is open until June 24. For more information, please visit

“Treasurer Frerichs’ Cream of the Crop Photo Contest gives students a great opportunity to have fun outdoors and become better acquainted with local agriculture while doing it,” Mason said. “Even if a student hasn’t pursued photography in the past, I encourage them to take part in this contest. I think they’ll be surprised at the beauty they can capture when they set their mind to it.”

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