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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
August 1, 2022
Meet the IALP Class of 2023

Mathew Heberling, Owaneco, is a Research Manager with Winfield United, a division of Land O’ Lakes, Inc. responsible for overseeing the Answer Plot Research Locations across Illinois. Mathew has worked in their research division for the past 11 years. Mathew also serves on the Christian County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as their President. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

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Alumni in the News

Tom Chamberlain (IALP '92) has been elected as Chair-Elect of the Illinois Banker's Association Executive Committee. IBA includes service as Treasurer of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Illinois Bankers PAC Board, Chair of the Illinois Bankers Education Services Board, Vice Chair of the Government Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee, as well as serving as a member of several boards. You can read more about Tom's career HERE.

Heather Hampton Knodle (IALP '98) took part in the Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum, held June 27-28 in Chicago. Heather was part of a panel that discussed their biggest challenges, as the agricultural sector grapples with the uncertainty of a post-pandemic economic recovery. You can learn more about the this forum HERE.

IALF Board Chairman Dan Kelley (IALP '84) honors Lee Strom (IALP '88) with a plaque for his time in service to the IALF. Lee served as IALF President & CEO from 2017-2021. He is now a partner with Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund.
Alumni Event
The IALF invites you to join us at Eckert's Belleville Farm in Belville, IL, for a tour, fellowship, and dinner! IALP alums Chris Eckert (IALP '04) and Lary Eckert (IALP '84), and current Class member, Jerry Hearn (IALP '23) will host an evening of fun and fellowship for alumni and current class members.
                                                   When:  Thursday, August 18
                                           Time:    Tour - 4:30 pm
                                                              Reception - 5:30 pm
                                                              Dinner - 6:00 pm

                                             Where:  Eckert's Belleville Farm
                                                               951 Green Mount Rd
                                                               Belleville, IL 62220

RSVP with Mellisa McMillan by Thursday, August 11
GROWMARK Global Challenges Seminar
The GROWMARK Global Challenges Seminar took place July 20th-22nd in Chicago. The class started the seminar touring Nutrien in Marseilles and better understood the global market with farming nutrients. We then went to Eli's Cheesecake. They were gracious hosts with a fantastic dinner and their leadership team discussed their roles in the organization. Thursday's speakers included Theresa Mintle on her leadership journey, GROWMARK's  Executive Director of Governmental Relations, and The Chicago Food Depository's Senior Director of Marketing Jim Conwell. We rounded the day out with Marc Beckmann from Microsoft. Friday's seminar was held at CNH's Global headquarters in Burr Ridge, where we had Jason Czapka (IALP '20) and Gerry Salzman (IALP '92) give us a tour of the site, and then Jason gave us a presentation on CNH and their history.  
The Class poses in their safety gear outside of Nutrien before moving on to Eli's Cheesecake. Also shown is IALF President, Todd Lowery, with Senior Vice President of Operations for Eli's Cheesecake, Jeff Anderson (IALP '10)
Shown are Theresa Mintle, Interim Vice-Chancellor, The University of Illinois at Chicago, former President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK Executive Director Government Relations.                                          
Gerry Salzman (IALP '92) (shown far left) and Jason Czapka (IALP '20) (far right) with the CLass of 2023 outside of CNH Industrial.
The next seminar is the Martin L Andreas Energy & Ecosystems Seminar, and it will take place August 21-23 in St. Louis, MO and Southwestern IL.
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Class of 2023 Upcoming Seminars
  • Martin L. Andreas Energy & Ecosystems Seminar
                    August 17-19
                    Metro St. Louis Area
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