b'Farm Bureau Members Support IAITC WhileDisplaying Their RootsDisplaying a custom gate sign designating the owners association with an organization was common practice for many farmers and businesses in the mid-1920s. It was around that time that Illinois Farm Bureau first began offering personalized signs to its members. And while different designs have circulated throughout the organization over time, these symbols of heritage continue to be a point of pride for many generations of farming families in Illinois. Start looking and you might just spot a member sign on a fence post, inside a machine shed, or proudly displayed in an agribusiness employees office. Next to it might be the sign of a grandfather or evena great grandmother. Farming family heritage runs deep through this symbolic gesture. But these signs also support farmings future. Every gate sign sold through the IAA Foundation benefits ag literacy. At an average gift of $19 per sign, members helped raise an additional $3,000 for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroomduring 2019.For members like Lori Pepper of Boone County, her dads gate sign is a physical representation of the farm. She plans to pass on both the family land and gate sign to her son Daniel, his wife Melissa, and grandsons Grayson and Brooks. She hopes that if they choose not to farm, they will continue to care for these pieces of heritage, preserving them for generations to come. 19'