BLOOMINGTON, lll. — The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Board of Directors this week selected Buck Hill of Grand Ridge to fill the District 4 director vacancy and Mark Read of Putnam for District 5. District 4 covers Bureau, LaSalle, Grundy and Kendall counties and District 5 includes Knox, Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, Fulton and Tazewell counties.
Hill is part of a family farming operation in Grand Ridge, growing corn and soybeans with his dad and brothers. He also works for Compeer Financial in the Ottawa office as a financial officer. He is a 2013 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Ag Business. He and his fiancé, Sarah, reside in Grand Ridge.
Read is also part of a family farming operation focusing on corn and soybeans in Putnam and Bureau counties. Read is a 1976 graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in Ag Economics and Farm Management. He and his wife, Gabriele, live in Putnam and have three children and six grandchildren.
Both Hill and Read will join ISA’s 22 other directors in furthering soybean checkoff efforts across the state. Key priorities for FY20 include increasing farmer profitability and building customer demand across domestic and international food, feed and fuel markets.
Come say hello to ISA’s leadership team and meet the new members at several upcoming events including the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) policy session in Bloomington on February 4 and the Soybean Summit in Springfield on March 10.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.
— Illinois Soybean Association
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