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To help boost the state's economy, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging consumers to shop local when they stock up for Sunday's big game.
"Illinois food companies make everything a fan could possibly need to throw a great party, from chili and pizza to chips and salsa," Jennifer Tirey, bureau chief of Marketing and Promotion said. "For a sample of the many products available, visit our Facebook page and browse through the listings."
To get the Super Bowl party started, on Feb. 1 - Feb. 3 the Dept. of Ag will select one lucky person each day from the agency's Facebook friends and Twitter followers who will score free Illinois products.
The winner of the first drawing will receive a one-year supply (52 cans) of Ray's Brand Chilli, located in Decatur. A $50 gift certificate to Lou Malnati's Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza will be awarded the second day and a "Game Day" gift pack of Uncle Joe's Sauces and Rubs, located in Ina, is the third day prize.
To sign up for the Game Day promotion, simply visit and "Like" the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Facebook page or "Follow" their Twitter feed by Feb. 1. For more information, please call (217) 782-8146.
Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn and swine. The state's climate and varied soil types enable farmers to grow and raise cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum, hay, sheep, poultry, fruits and vegetables.
Illinois' 76,000 farms cover more than 28 million acres - nearly 80 percent of the state's total land area. Marketing of Illinois' agricultural commodities generates more than $9 billion annually. Corn accounts for nearly 40 percent of that total. Marketing of soybeans contributes about one-third, with the combined marketing of livestock, dairy and poultry generating about 23 percent.
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