Guebert re-elected as IFB president; Duncan takes over as VP

Ogle County farmer takes over for Erickson after defeating Hadden and Halpin.

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IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. in front of the delegate body at IFB's Annual Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday. (Photos by Catrina Rawson)

By Jeff Brown

Illinois Farm Bureau voting delegates on Tuesday re-elected Randolph County farmer Richard Guebert Jr. as president at IFB’s annual meeting in Chicago. He defeated the organization’s Vice President, David Erickson, a Knox County farmer.

“It’s an honor for me to serve as Illinois Farm Bureau president and carry the message to Springfield and Washington D.C., and be a voice for Illinois farmers,” Guebert told the RFD Radio Network®.

Guebert, who farms near Ellis Grove in southwest Illinois, will serve a third two-year term. He also serves on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) board of directors and its executive committee.

New IFB Vice President Brian Duncan answers questions from the media Tuesday.
New IFB Vice President Brian Duncan answers questions from the media Tuesday. 

Following the election for president, Erickson was not nominated for another term as vice president.

Brian Duncan, who operates a diverse row crop and livestock farm in Ogle County, was elected as the organization’s vice president. He defeated Dale Hadden of Morgan County and Scott Halpin of Grundy County.

Related: Click here for more from the IFB Annual Meeting.

The elections give IFB leadership in both the northern and southern parts of the state, but Duncan, who farms near Polo, said he looks forward to representing all Illinois farmers.

“I’ve spent a lot of time traveling, and as I’ve gotten to meet people and listen to their stories and it’s a very diverse state. Being able to represent those diverse interests is a good thing,” Duncan said. “I don’t see myself as a northerner; I see myself as a representative of Illinois Farm Bureau.”

Guebert had glowing remarks for Erickson’s impact on IFB during his time as vice president.

“I compliment David immensely,” he said. “Everything I asked him to do, he did it and did it very, very well.”

More than 1,900 Illinois farmers and other guests participated in this year’s IFB meeting in Chicago. The nearly 350 voting delegates elected officers and board members to conclude the 2017 event.

Guebert, Duncan and farmer-delegates representing Illinois will participate in the AFBF Annual Convention, Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tenn.

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