YL chairman encourages members to try something new

By Ashley Rice

Drew DeSutter of Knox County was elected 2020 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders State Committee chairman during the IFB Annual Meeting in Chicago last month.

DeSutter is starting his fourth year on the Young Leader State Committee and serves as the District 8 state committee representative. “There were a lot of instrumental people in Knox County that got me active,” explained DeSutter. That includes his family, who encouraged him to get involved with Young Leaders after college.

DeSutter farms full time in Knox County with his father Jim; uncle, Randy; and cousin, Matthew.

He resides in New Windsor with his wife, Adrienne, and two young daughters, Everly and Emalyn.

Knox County farmer Drew DeSutter serves as the newly elected Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders State Committee chairman. His involvement in Young Leaders has provided him with professional and networking opportunities. (Photo by Catrina Rawson)

DeSutter described how Young Leaders has given him many professional and networking opportunities since graduating from the University of Illinois. “If you make time for it and prioritize it, you get way more out of it,” said DeSutter. “I can’t put a value on the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had.”

Some of DeSutter’s Farm Bureau involvement includes being an Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow graduate, a Knox County Farm Bureau Board member and past Leaders to Washington participate. He is also an Illinois Soybean Ambassador and Knox County Corn Growers Board president. In addition, he and his wife, Adrienne, graduated from the Cultivating Master Farmers program.

DeSutter applauds Young Leaders for their continued great work. “We should continue doing what we’re doing well,” said DeSutter. “We have a great Young Leaders program and our state committee is very well represented across the state … and there is a tremendous amount of talent.”

As far as plans for the next year, DeSutter encourages Young Leaders to try something different and try something new. “Try one activity you haven’t done. Serve on a committee you haven’t served on. Attend a new event. You get way more out of it than you put in,” he noted.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.