CHICAGO — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Committee has elected its 2022 executive committee members.
The executive committee members, which include Chairman Aaron Mitchell of Winnebago County, Vice Chair Gracelynn Dale of Bureau County, Secretary Gayle Baker of Warren County, Education and Recruitment Subcommittee Chair Jenna Severs of Vermilion County, Achievement Subcommittee Chair Katie King of Sangamon County and Governmental Affairs and Commodities Subcommittee Chair Scott Brummel of Kendall County, will assume their positions immediately.
Members of the IFB Young Leaders are 18- to 35-year-old men and women who are passionate about agriculture. It is a member-created, member-driven program of the IFB that allows members to promote agriculture, attend conferences and compete in events, including the Young Leader Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and discussion meets. Giving back is also a priority for Young Leaders. Through their Harvest for All program, Young Leaders raise funds, donate food and contribute their time to help fight food insecurity throughout the state.
“It’s quite an honor to be elected as the next committee chair and have the opportunity to serve such a passionate group of people,” said Mitchell. “It’s inspiring and exciting to see how strong of a Young Leader program we have in this state. Once you get your foot in the door, you see the community we have and all the activities that help develop more leaders to take on bigger roles in our organization.”
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 372,326 and a voting membership of 77,462. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
— Illinois Farm Bureau