Kristin Lipinis of Sugar Grove was one of nine winners in three age groups of the second annual Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. Lipinis took second place in the 15 to 18 age group.
The Cream of the Crop Photo Contest is a part of the Ag Invest program. Ag Invest helps Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals and is recognized as one of the largest agricultural-linked deposit programs in the U.S., states a news release.
Through the program, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office partners with eligible lenders to offer farmers loans that can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, construction-related expenses and livestock purchases, the release states.
“This contest is not only a chance for students to challenge their creativity with photography, but it is also a way for them to learn more about agriculture,” said llinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the release.
Each contestant submitted up to two agricultural photos, and members of the treasurer’s Ag Advisory Board selected the winning photos.
The winning photos will be displayed in the treasurer’s office tent at the 2014 Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair.
“I hope everyone who attends the fair will stop by my official tent to see the many aspects of agriculture captured by students from across the state as part of this contest,” said Rutherford in the release.
The photos also will be displayed on the treasurer’s website, www.treasurer.il.gov.