County Managers Selected For Leadership Class


IALF_insAs though a day in the life of a county Farm Bureau manager isn’t busy enough, two of these managers have committed to even more…

Jill Frueh, manager of Bureau County Farm Bureau, and Brad Uken, manager of Champaign County Farm Bureau, are going that extra step to become better leaders and spokespeople for agriculture. Congratulations to them both for being selected as participants for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) Class of 2016, and making this commitment to agriculture.

Along with 28 other men and women, they will experience 14 seminars over two years to build the skills, knowledge, and character to be global leaders in agriculture. This will be the 17th two-year class in the organization's 32-year history. Participants were selected following a competitive application and interview process.

The class represents a variety of agricultural expertise. "This class is also geographically diverse," said Don Norton, IALF President & CEO. "We have members from Massac County to the south and Lake County to the north; Hancock County to the west and Vermilion County to the east." Norton said that the Class of 2016 also is unique in the depth of leadership experience its members already demonstrate.

The IALF has graduated more than 450 leaders since its founding in 1982. Two, 10-year Illinois Farm Bureau Presidents are included in the list of graduates.


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