Duncan focuses on service to members as new IFB vice president

Ogle County farmer tells delegates he looks forward to working hard on the organization's priority issues.

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New IFB Vice President Brian Duncan and his wife, Kelly, raise hogs and cattle and grow corn, soybeans and wheat in Ogle County. (Photo by Catrina Rawson)

By Kay Shipman

Farm Bureau members and their goals will remain at the forefront, Illinois Farm Bureau’s newly elected vice president told reporters at his first press conference during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“My desire is to serve the members. I want to listen, serve and work hard,” said Ogle County farmer Brian Duncan, 53, of Polo. “I’m not here to pursue the Brian Duncan agenda.”

Duncan noted county Farm Bureau delegates have provided their leaders with a full agenda that includes trade, the North American Free Trade Agreement, solar energy development and other issues.

In nominating Duncan for the vice president post, Edgar County Farm Bureau President Stephen Webb stressed Duncan’s willingness to ask questions and dedication to ensuring Farm Bureau members’ voices are heard. Webb pointed out he and others got to know Duncan “across the delegate floor” as one of those who spoke frequently during policy debate.

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In Duncan’s acceptance speech, he told delegates he knew where many of them live, has their phone numbers and wants to continue the conversation. “I look forward to serving and working hard for you,” he said.    

Later, the vice president described his “amazing journey.”

“I love this organization,” he told reporters, pausing to control his emotions. “I have a debt of gratitude to this organization and a debt I want to repay.”

Duncan thanked Farm Bureau delegates for their support and his wife, Kelly, for her support and for “putting up with miles of traveling to over 70 county Farm Bureau meetings.”

He and fellow vice presidential candidates Dale Hadden of Morgan County and Scott Halpin of Grundy County “pushed each other to be better candidates” and shared laughter, jokes and phone conversations during the campaign, Duncan said.   

Duncan and his wife of 29 years have four children and are independent hog farmers. They also custom feed cattle and grow corn, soybeans and wheat. A graduate of Sauk Valley Community College, he is an active member of Forreston Grove Presbyterian Church.

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.


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