Former state Rep. Robert Pritchard (right), 70th District, receives the Service to Agriculture Award from Eric Wilkinson, past president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The citation is the highest the society presents to nonmembers and is awarded to individuals who have promoted and advanced the state’s agriculture. Pritchard was lauded for his years of service in the interest of Illinois farmers from his career promoting industry affairs in agribusiness to his 15 years as a state legislator representing the Sycamore and DeKalb area. Pritchard resigned from the Legislature in 2018 when he was named to the Board of Trustees at Northern Illinois University. The award has been presented annually since 1940. Its recipients have included educators, farm media, secretarys of agriculture, state and federal legislators, and agribusiness leaders.