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Mark farms 1,700 acres. His wife Kathleen is a retired teacher from Mt. Pulaski. They have two children, Andrew and Elizabeth, and three grandchildren. Mark is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a major in agricultural economics and a minor in agronomy. He is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Church and the Macon County Farm Bureau. Mark serves as a director of Farmers Grain Company of Central Illinois in Latham.
Larry and his wife, Marla, have 3 children – Andrea, Nathan and James. Larry farms 1,500 acres of irrigated corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. He also raises wean-to-finish hogs, beef cattle, and milk cows. He graduated from Southwestern Illinois Area College with an associate degree in applied science. He is a member of the local county planning commission and a past director of the Washington County Farm Bureau, the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, and past director and chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.
Clayton is a corn and soybean farmer in Sangamon County. Bloome received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. In addition to farming, he owns and operates Bloome Environmental Consulting, LLC specializing in remediation of leaking underground storage tanks and completion of Phase I/Phase II property audits. He is serving his third term as a director of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative in Auburn and is a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, and Pawnee Boy Scout Troop #73.
Kent farms 920 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. He has two children, Kendra and Cory. Kent is a graduate of University of Illinois, a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau and the president of the Carlyle FFA Alumni Association.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois. His 2 children are Brittany, a student at the University of Illinois Springfield, and Adam with whom he farms 2,500 acres in the Cass County area. Mike primarily grows non genetically modified corn for the Japanese market.
Wes and his wife Sara have a 1,300 acre livestock and grain farm in rural Shelbyville. They have two daughters, Audrey and Arianna. Wes is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and is involved in the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Leaders and Shelby County Pork Producers. He and Sara are members of the Class of 2011 - Cultivating Master Farmers program. He is also an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Jack and his wife Jennie operate a 1,040 acre grain and cattle farm in Clay County. They have two sons, Kevin and Travis, a daughter in law Elizabeth, and one granddaughter. Jack is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in ag economics and agronomy, and is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church currently serving as treasurer and on the church council. Jack is a member of Clay County Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers, and Illinois Soybean Association. He is chairman of Clay County Board of Assessment Review, holds the FFA American Farmer Degree, and maintains a real estate broker’s license.
Lisa farms 600 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat and raises cattle on her farms in Clinton and Marion Counties. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in accounting. Lisa works as a clinic manager for Clinton County Veterinary Services. Locally, she serves as treasurer of Breese District 12 Band Boosters and is a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Breese District 12 Parent Teacher Committee, and Kaskaskia College Beekeeping Club.
Kevin farms 1,300 acres of corn and soybeans. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in animal industries and general agriculture. He serves on the board of South American Soy of Brazil as compensation committee chair, treasurer of local NFP nursing home, and chair of District 6490 Rotary Exchange Program. He is a member of the Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Associations, officer at St. Paul Lutheran Church Wheeler, Illinois Farm Bureau Action Team-GRITS, and Effingham County Farm Bureau.
Eric and his wife Kara have three daughters – Mallory, Ella, and Lucille. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in mechanical engineering and is the general manager of Linconland Agri-Energy, LLC, a corn ethanol facility in Palestine. Eric grows corn, soybeans, and wheat on his family’s farm in Lawrence and Crawford Counties. He also serves on the Renewable Fuels Association and Illinois Renewable Fuels Association boards and is a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Robinson.
Karen and her husband Richard have two children, Amanda and Zachary. They have a 1,000 acre grain and livestock farm near Belleville. Karen is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in business and computer science. Karen serves as a director of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and is a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the Freeburg FFA Alumni Association, the St. Clair County Farm Bureau, and the St. Louis Agribusiness Club.
Bridget is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and investment advisor representative specializing in retirement planning, income distribution, and estate planning. She was first appointed to the Board as an outside director in 2010. A 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois, she currently lives near Lincoln in Logan County.
Robin is a CPA who has practiced public accounting for the last 29 years providing tax, accounting, and audit services. She is the former president of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, former committee member of the Illinois CPA Society, and currently serves on the finance committee of the First United Methodist Church. She is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Illinois Weslyan University and holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting. Robin was appointed to the Board as an outside director in 2014. Robin and her husband are business owners in Shelbyville and have two children.
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