WIU’s Purple and Gold Popcorn Wins Illinois State Agri-Tourism Award


The Western Illinois University Organic Research Program recently received a 2013 Salute to Illinois Agriculture Agri-Tourism Leaders of the Year Award for its innovative direct marketing of purple and gold popcorn. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka presented the award at an Aug. 13 ceremony at the Illinois State Fair.

The award caps a six-year adventure in production, marketing and school spirit, according to Joel Gruver, assistant professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture in Western’s School of Agriculture.

Rocky Popcorn is currently available in half-pound plastic bags and microwaveable bags for $2 per bag through the School of Agriculture at WIU. The popcorn is also available for $2 per pound for any order five pounds or greater.  For an additional charge the popcorn can be shipped directly to you at any U.S. mailing address!

For more information, contact the School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. The WIU School of Ag office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Learn more about WIU’s Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm at www.wiu.edu/ag/organicfarm/.

University Relations


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