Young Leader award winners named

Scott Garlisch of Forest City has won Illinois Farm Bureau’s Young Leader Achievement Award, while Brett and Krista Swanson of Oneida have earned the IFB Young Leader Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The winners will be honored Tuesday during Illinois State Fair Ag Day activities. Garlisch and the Swansons will represent IFB at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation competition in January in Austin, Texas.

The winners also receive a prize package, including a riding lawn mower, $2,500 in cash and expense-paid trips to several Farm Bureau conferences.

Scott Garlisch, the 2019 IFB Young Leader Achievement Award winner.Scott Garlisch, the 2019 IFB Young Leader Achievement Award winner.

Garlisch farms in Mason County, growing corn, soybeans, hay, popcorn, sweet corn, green beans, and raising cattle and hogs. Prior to returning to the family farm five years ago, Garlisch worked as a community college livestock judging coach, a seed salesman and at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Garlisch joined the Mason County Farm Bureau Young Leaders (YL) in 2008. He served as chairman in 2017 and 2018. His work as chair earned him the YL Top County Chair award.

The Swansons, fifth-generation farmers, have managed their Knox County farm since 2012. They also operate a seed dealership, small seed business and a custom soybean treatment enterprise. Krista further serves as a research specialist for the Gardner Agricultural Policy Program at the University of Illinois.

Brett and Krista Swanson, the 2019 IFB Young Leader Excellence in Agriculture Award winners.Brett and Krista Swanson, the 2019 IFB Young Leader Excellence in Agriculture Award winners.

The Swansons have been involved in the YL programs and leadership since 2009. They have also served on the county Farm Bureau’s Farm Families and Task Force Committees, in addition to hosting a Farm-to-Fork Gala and Symphony on the Farm event.

Runners-up Correy and Kellie Rahn of Chadwick, Achievement, and Luke and Amanda Zwilling of Dewey, Excellence, each received $1,500.

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