PO Box 19281
As a marketing representative for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Karen Fraase’s main initiatives are to expand new and unique commodity markets for agriculture, to work with Illinois food and agribusiness companies in expanding their markets and to cultivate ways to put agriculture in Illinois’ classrooms. She worked with Illinois’ Industrial Hemp Investigate and Advisory Task Force and assists farmers in developing new markets for renewal commodities. She serves on several volunteer boards in her community and in the agricultural industry. Karen grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Nokomis, Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural communications, and recently graduated from Illinois’ two year Agricultural Leadership Program.