IAA Foundation & Young Leaders win awards at State Fair

Rohrscheib, Arians win top Young Leader awards

Awards honor farmers for ag leadership and involvement.

Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Lynn Rohrscheib and Sean Arians nabbed the organization’s top awards during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday.

Rohrscheib, of Fairmount in Vermilion County, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Young Leader Achievement Award. The award recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from farming for their efforts in production agriculture, leadership ability and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. 

Meanwhile, Arians, who lives in Normal and is a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau, was selected as the 2017 Excellence in Agriculture Award winner. Similar to the Achievement Award, the Excellence Award goes to a Young Leader who does not rely solely on production agriculture for income.

Lynn Rohrscheib, right, raises corn, soybeans and wheat and manages a custom application business in Vermilion County. (Photos by Catrina Rawson)
Lynn Rohrscheib, right, raises corn, soybeans and wheat and manages a custom application business in Vermilion County. (Photos by Catrina Rawson)

Arians, a member of the of the Woodford County Farm Bureau Young Leaders since 2000, is currently serving on the Woodford County Farm Bureau board and was the Illinois State Young Leader Committee chairman in 2011. He also won the IFB Young Leader Discussion Meet in 2014 and the American Farm Bureau Federation National Discussion Meet in 2015.

Arians works as a marketing manager for The Climate Corporation and also grows corn and soybeans on a farm he rents from his father in Whiteside County.

A member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders since 2003, Rohrscheib is actively involved in her local FFA alumni chapter and served as a district director for the Illinois FFA Alumni. She also serves as chairwoman on the Illinois Soybean Association board.

Sean Arians, right, works for The Climate Corporation and grows corn and soybeans in Whiteside County.
Sean Arians, right, works for The Climate Corporation and grows corn and soybeans in Whiteside County.

Rohrscheib raises corn, soybeans and wheat and manages a custom application business with her parents, Vernon and Mary, and sister, Stacey.

Ag education leadership honors IAA Foundation, IFB

By Kay Shipman

IAA Foundation plans to launch a new grant program to address the statewide shortage of high school agriculture teachers.

 

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education honors the IAA Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau during Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. (Photo by Kay Shipman)
The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education honors the IAA Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau during Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. (Photo by Kay Shipman)

The IAA Foundation’s and Illinois Farm Bureau’s work to enhance agriculture education was honored by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair.

ILCAE awarded the IAA Foundation and IFB with its Excellence in Agribusiness Award during Ag Day festivities Tuesday morning.

Susan Moore, director of the IAA Foundation, said she appreciated the recognition from ILCAE.

"I love my role at the foundation, taking the ideas and issues addressed by our members and putting them into action," she said.

Jess Smithers, state coordinator Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, said the honor recognizes the long-time support of IAA Foundation and IFB for ag education and ag literacy.

"The new grant will go a long way to support secondary ag education," Smithers said.

This fall, the IAA Foundation, IFB’s charitable arm, launches a new grant program to address the statewide shortage of high school agriculture teachers. The IAA Foundation is administering the new Illinois Agriculture Education Teacher Grant Program.

“The support that the IAA Foundation has provided Illinois agricultural education has not gone unnoticed,” Doug Hanson, ILCAE chairman, said in a prepared statement.

The program is open to Illinois high school agriculture teachers in their first year of teaching. Eligible teachers are invited to apply.

The IAA Foundation will award grants to the first group of recipients in September. Those recipients who meet eligibility requirements may reapply for each of their next four years of teaching. Those initial recipients may receive incremental increases up to a maximum of $10,000 in total.

The program began with an idea from the IFB Local and State Government Strength with Advisory Team (SWAT) to support new ag teachers. SWAT members studied the need for more ag teacher graduates and to retain new ag teachers. The IFB committed seed money to start the grant program, and the IAA Foundation is seeking additional funding partners.

Content from these stories was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.


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