- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The 2015 Illinois Beef Expo is under way at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The annual event, which runs through Sunday, includes a performance tested bull sale and 75 indoor and outdoor vendors. There is also a number of activities for youths, including a quiz bowl and judging contest.

Acting Agriculture Department Director Philip Nelson says the event is an opportunity for the industry to get together and celebrate a year of success and prepare for the future.

The Illinois beef industry is a strong component of Illinois agriculture, particularly in the area of export markets. Department officials say Illinois exported $195.5 million in beef products in 2014.

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Online: https://www.illinoisbeefexpo.com/

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