New IALP Class of 2008 Named

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation names 30 new members to Class of 2008.

Published on: Aug 23, 2006

Thirty new Illinois ag leaders have been selected by the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2008.


Throughout the next two years members of the 2008 class will attend 14 seminars focusing on current social, political, and economic issues. The first year’s curriculum includes a travel seminar to Washington, D.C. The second year includes a 14-day international study tour. A list of new members of the Class of 2008 follows:


  • Michael Alston-Regional Director, USDA Risk Management, Chatham, Sangamon
  • Brad Baer- Training Manager, CNH & Production Agriculture, Carlock, McLean
  • Michael Baker-Product Manager, The GSI Group, Effingham, Christian
  • Matt Barnard-District Channel Manager, Dow Agrisciences & Diamond B Farms, Foosland, Champaign
  • Kelli Bassett-Natural Resources Management Educator, U of I Extension & Bassett Family Farms, Greenville, Bond
  • Bob Biehl- Lincoln Land Livestock & Don Biehl Farms, Belleville, St. Clair
  • Karen Corrigan- McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics, Bloomington, McLean
  • Mary Denton- Customer Service Manager, The GSI Group, Moweaqua, Christian
  • Keith Dorty- Stephenson Service Company & Production Agriculture, Freeport, Stephenson
  • Nathan Ehrhardt-Swine Record Keeping, JBS United & Production Agriculture, El Paso, Woodford
  • Mark Erdman- President, Erdman Dairy, Inc., Chenoa, McLea
  • Chet Esther- Production Agriculture, Frederick, Schuyler
  • Ryan Frieders- Vice President, Frieders Farm Corporation, Waterman, DeKalb
  • Matt Ginder-Vice President, 1st Farm Credit Services, Normal, McLean
  • Jeffrey Guilander-Vice President, Guilander Farms, Jerseyville, Jersey
  • Jay Haning- Territory Manager, John Deere & DBJ Farms, Morton, Tazewell
  • Ed Hauck- Ag Business Manager, Hintzsche Fertilizer, Shabbona, DeKalb
  • Chris Kallal-Chemical Sales Representative, Monsanto, Springfield, Sangamon
  • Al Lenkaitis Jr.- Lenkaitis Holsteins, St. Charles, Kane
  • Ethan Luth- Agriculture Retail Sales, Illini FS, Tolono, Champaign
  • Brenda Matherly-Assistant Director of Local Government, ILFB, Normal, McLean
  • Chad Miller-Manager, Kankakee County Farm Bureau, Bradley, Kankakee
  • Kevin Niemann- First National Bank of Litchfield & Niemann Grain Farms, Litchfield, Macoupin
  • Renee Roberts- Territory Manager, Cargill, Wheaton, DuPage
  • Becky Ropp-Marketing Manager, GROWMARK & Ropp Farms, Normal, McLean
  • Doug Stahl- Production Agriculture, Maroa, Macon
  • Marty Turner-Owner, Turner Farms, Beardstown, Cass
  • Ann Vandermolen- AMS Regional Specialist, John Deere, Champaign, Champaign
  • Carrie Vogel-Agribusiness Director, WJBC AM-1230 Radio, Normal, McLean
  • Jamie Walter- Synergy Seeds & Walter Farms, DeKalb.