Guebert re-elected as IFB president

Guebert faces a number of challenging issues in his third term, including tax reform, regulatory reform, the farm bill, infrastructure improvements and trade agreements.

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Richard Guebert Jr. operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm with his wife, Nancy, and their son, Kyle, in Randolph County. Besides serving as IFB president, he also serves on the American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Committee. (Photo by Catrina Rawson)

By Deana Stroisch

Richard Guebert Jr. this week won re-election to his third, two-year term as president of Illinois Farm Bureau.

Guebert, a farmer from Ellis Grove in Randolph County, called it an honor and a privilege to lead “a great organization.”

“I want to thank each and every one of you,” he told delegates following his re-election at IFB’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. “I commit to you that I will continue to work as hard as I can each and every day.”

County Farm Bureau delegates elected Guebert over David Erickson of Knox County, who has served as the organization’s vice president for the last four years. Guebert thanked Erickson for his service.

“David has done a tremendous job as vice president,” Guebert said. “He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do, and done it really well. I hope David stays engaged in Farm Bureau. He’s a true leader.”

Looking to the future, Guebert pointed to a number of challenging issues: tax reform, regulatory reform, farm bill, infrastructure improvements and trade agreements.

“We need to be united in our conversations to get our points across to our legislators,” he said.

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Guebert, his wife, Nancy, and their son, Kyle, operate a corn, soybean and wheat farm. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education with a minor in animal science from Southern Illinois University.

He also serves on the American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Committee. Guebert previously served as vice president of IFB from 2003-13, and before that as president of the Randolph County Farm Bureau.

Jason Bunting, Livingston County Farm Bureau president, nominated Guebert on the delegate floor.

“Character, integrity and honesty are not just buzzwords for Rich,” Bunting said. “It is the way that he chooses to live his life. It takes a special type of leader to leave his family and farm, travel across this great state and nation, advocate for agriculture and work to improve the lives of every Illinois farm family.

“Nancy and Kyle: thank you for allowing him to work on behalf of us.”

Kevin Luthy, Randolph County Farm Bureau president, seconded Bunting’s nominating motion. Luthy said he sees Guebert throughout the year – in meetings, in the field and in church.

“I believe Rich is a great leader and has his heart in the right place to continue leading this great organization,” Luthy said.

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