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Primary Sponsors
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Corn Marketing Board
Archer Daniels Midland
iBIOŽ/ iBIO Institute

Secondary Sponsors
1st Farm Credit Services
Bunge North America, Inc.
Farm Credit Services of Illinois
GROWMARK, Inc.
Illinois Agri-Women
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Soybean Association
John Deere
Monsanto
University of Illinois

Donors
Illinois Beef Association
Illinois Pork Producers
Illinois State University
Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR)
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
Illinois Green Industry Association

Planning Committee Members

Steering Committee

    • Gary Ash, President and CEO, 1st Farm Credit Services
    • Don Borgman, Director of Industry Relations, Deere & Co. 
    • Jeff Galle, John Wood Community College
    • Dr. Robert Hauser, Dean, College of ACES, University of Illinois
    • Chris Magnuson, Executive Director of Operations, News and Communications, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Vern McGinnis, Project Coordinator, Vision for Illinois Agriculture
    • Chris Merrett, Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
    • David Miller, President & CEO, iBIOŽ/iBIO Institute
    • Philip Nelson, President, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Craig Ratajczyk, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Soybean Association
    • Ryan Tracy, Director of External Relations, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Richard Vogen, Director of Planning and Research Development, College of ACES, University of Illinois
    • Greg Webb, Vice President of Public Affairs, Archer Daniel Midland (ADM)
    • Rodney M. Weinzierl, Executive Director, Illinois Corn Growers Association & Illinois Corn Marketing Board

 

Planning Team

    • Gary Ash, President and CEO, 1st Farm Credit Services
    • Reid Blossom, Executive Vice President, Illinois Beef Association
    • Don Borgman, Director of Industry Relations, Deere & Co.
    • Bob Flider, Director, Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
    • Jeff Galle, John Wood Community College
    • Mark Gebhards, Executive Director, Governmental Affairs and Commodities, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Richard Guebert, President, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Heather Hampton-Knodle, Past President, Illinois Agri Women
    • Dr. Robert Hauser, Dean, College of ACES, University of Illinois
    • Jim Kaitschuk, Executive Director, Illinois Pork Producers Association
    • Dr. Mickey Latour, Dean of Agriculture, Southern Illinois University
    • Chris Magnuson, Executive Director of Operations, News and Communications, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Vern McGinnis, Project Coordinator, Vision for Illinois Agriculture
    • Chris Merrett, Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
    • David Miller, President/CEO, iBIO Institute
    • Craig Ratajczyk, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Soybean Association
    • Ann Reed, iBIO Institute
    • Rod Stoll, Farm Credit Services of Illinois
    • Ryan Tracy, Director of External Relations, Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Jared Thornley, Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
    • Robert Rhykerd, Chairman, Dept. of Agriculture, Illinois State University
    • Richard Vogen, Director of Planning and Research Development, College of ACES, University of Illinois
    • Greg Webb, Vice President of Public Affairs, Archer Daniel Midland (ADM)
    • Rodney M. Weinzierl, Executive Director, Illinois Corn Growers Association & Illinois Corn Marketing Board