CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Leadership in agriculture is essential due to the variety of trade. Sometimes, leaders of a farm group come out of the blue; others are born with innate qualities.
In its greater than 100-year historical past, the Illinois County Fair Association has been led by males, till now.
“The next two years, ’22 and ’23, I am president of the state organization,” stated Jill Hardesty.
Charlyn Ware, the Secretary-Treasurer of the State Fair Board, is wanting ahead to Hardesty’s management.
“Jill is going to be an amazing president,” Ware stated. “She is so personable, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty, she’s been at the Fisher Community Fair forever.”
And Jill Hardesty is passing down her heritage.
“My youngest son is on our fair board,” Hardesty stated. “He’s one of our directors at Fisher.”
Another girl chief is Pam Jansen of Minonk, a latest president of the Illinois Pork Producers
“We had been going to county meetings off and on with some neighbors and they said ‘You need to be on this. You need to be on this.’ It was like ‘OK, fine, I’ll see what its like,’” Jansen stated. “So 10 years later, her I am. Never thought I would be President of Illinois Pork Producers, but I am.”
Angus cattle breeders throughout the nation know the title of Curtin. John, Fred and now T.J. Curtin have led the Illinois Angus Association, most not too long ago T.J. together with his dad, who function Curtin Land and Cattle Co. in northeastern Christian County.
“We’ve all three been president of the Illinois Angus Association and my grandpa served on the American Angus Board of Directors in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s,” T.J. stated.
And then, there’s perennial chief Len Corzine.
“The passion was the future of agriculture,” Corzine stated
Corzine farms at Assumption with son Craig, however why did he settle for the National Corn Growers presidency?
“We all have to, in our society, try to give back or try to help our society, to help our industries and to help the future for our own families as well as the future of Assumption, Illinois, as well as our country,” Corzine stated.
He says youthful leaders have to step up.
“You have to have stars line up, if you will,” Corzine stated. “Your family has to be in the right spot, your farming operation has to be in the right spot to make a commitment.”