SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Agricultural sciences will now count toward science requirements for undergraduate admissions at Illinois universities thanks to legislation brought forward by state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa.
“Agriculture is a cornerstone of our economy in Illinois and the Midwest. So much of our wealth and jobs rely on agribusiness and many other related industries,” said Yednock. “Throughout the state and especially in the central and southern regions, agriculture is often a part of a student’s daily life. If a student decides to pursue a career in agriculture, they should be rewarded for the study they have already done.”
Yednock’s legislation, Senate Bill 1681, adds agricultural sciences as a satisfactory science courses for admissions to a public university. Illinois universities require 3 years of high school science for admission. The bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate with bipartisan support before being signed into law.
“Agricultural sciences can prepare students for a career in sustainable agriculture, help us better maintain crops and even find more environmentally friendly agricultural practices,” continued Yednock. “I am happy to see this legislation signed into law and I will work to continue to strengthen our agricultural economy.”