CHICAGO — Two new members were elected Dec. 5 to serve a two-year term on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 3-6.
The new directors are Jeff Weber in Massac County and Brent Pollard in Winnebago County. Weber will represent District 18, which includes Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac counties. Pollard will represent District 2, which includes Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll and Ogle counties.
Weber has served as Massac County Farm Bureau president since 2019 and has been a board member since 2005. He grows corn and soybeans on his farm in Metropolis.
Pollard has served as president of Winnebago County Farm Bureau since 2022. He has held other leadership roles within Winnebago CFB, including secretary, 2009-2014; Member Relations Committee chair, 2015-2020; Operational Policy Committee chair, 2014; and County Merger Committee chair. He has also served on the Illinois Natural Resources SWAT Team, Carbon Team, and Environmental Advisory Committee, 2015-present. He was also on the IFB Young Leader Committee from 2010-2014, and Young Leader State chairman 2012-2013.
Pollard operates a dairy and crop farm where he milks 80 cows and grows corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa rye, along with his wife, Carrie, and their three children in Rockford.
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 366,043 and a farmer membership of 76,527. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
— Illinois Farm Bureau