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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
November 1, 2021
Meet the IALP Class of 2023
Jerry Hearn is the Agritainment Director at Eckerts, Inc. in Belleville Illinois. In his role, Jerry facilitates the day to day guest experience at Eckerts Inc.’s three Illinois farm locations and their one location in Kentucky. He specializes in growing fruit and vegetable crops, allowing millions of guests over the years to bring the farm experience to their tables, while creating family memories. Jerry graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor’s degree, along with a Secondary Education Certificate from McKendree College in Lebanon Illinois in 2002.
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Alumni News

Grant Strom (IALP '10), shares the progress on this year's harvest and notes they are pushing to finish up before Halloween. Despite the busy schedule, he makes time to talk to area school children about life on the farm, and participate in an education program for non-farmers by providing ride-along opportunities. You can read more here
"Keeping Connected" the IALF alumni webinar series, will be starting again this month, on Thursday, November 18. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details!
Upcoming Alumni Events
Graduates of the IALP and their spouses are invited to join us for dinner and conversation at Andy Sprague's (IALP ’12) Kinderhook Lodge in Barry IL, on Monday, November 29. Refreshments and dinner start at 6:15p.m., followed by a "Fireside Chat" alumni panel discussion with the Class of 2023. This event is held in conjunction with the Personal Leadership and Self Reflection Seminar, and will be a great opportunity to meet the new IALP Class of 2023

To register for this event, please contact Todd Lowery at
Class of 2023 Upcoming Seminars
  • Personal Leadership and Self Reflection Seminar

              November 28-30, 2021
            Sprague's Kinderhook Lodge

  • Communication Excellence Seminar

               December 15-17, 2021
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