Recruiting new IFB members: Part of something bigger

Prizes available for those who recruit most new members by Aug. 31.

As integral players in feeding the world, Illinois Farm Bureau members can help nonmembers become part of something bigger. By recruiting new members, support strengthens for IFB program and policy efforts at the county, state and national levels.

Consider joining the Membership Recruitment Campaign that concludes Aug. 31. Prizes will be awarded to the top three membership recruiters of farmer members, associate members and the top Young Leader recruiter of farmer members. 

Prizes include an IFB-branded Yeti cooler and Carhart jacket for the first- and second-place recruiters of farmer and associate members. The third-place recruiter will win an IFB-branded Carhart jacket. The top farmer-member recruiter will also be recognized on stage during the IFB December Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The top Young Leader recruiter will win $300 and an all-expense paid trip to one of the following: National Young Farmer and Rancher Conference, American Farm Bureau Federation Convention or the IFB Young Leader Ag Industry Tour.

The second-place Young Leader recruiter will win $200, while the third-place recruiter will earn $100.

Last year’s winners included:

- Mike Chwasczinski of Washington County, who recruited 16 farmer members

- David Heller of Jo Daviess County, 16 associate members

- Katelin Stratmeyer of Massac County, nine farmer members

- Carly Trobaugh of Stark County, seven farmer members and two professional members

To be recognized for recruiting efforts, each county membership application must contain the name of the “recommended” recruiter.