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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
October 4, 2021
Meet the IALP Class of 2023
Heather Thompson is Manager of Digital Communications with GROWMARK, Inc. In her role, she leads a team of individuals focused on promoting GROWMARK and FS member cooperatives through digital marketing and social media tactics. Heather has held numerous communications and advocacy roles in the GROWMARK System over the past eleven years. She also serves on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board and volunteers with Trinity Lutheran Church in the Trinity Kids program. Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Political Science from Illinois College and a Master of Science in Strategic Business Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She and her husband farm near Colfax, IL and have two children.
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Alumni News

Steve Pitstick (IALP '00) has been named the chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association. Steve and his son, Dale Pitstick (IALP '18) farm around 4,400 acres in northern IL. Doug Schroeder (IALP '90) is the outgoing ISA chairman, and passed on the ceremonial gavel to Steve back in July of this year. You can read more about Steve and his plans moving forward as the ISA chairman here

Bloomington area farmer, Ken Ropp (IALP '04) had a rough start to the 2021 harvest season. Ken experienced a fire that destroyed his combine, but the quick response by area firefighters limited further damage. You can read more here
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
             Kinderhook Lodge

  • Communication Excellence Seminar

               December 15-17, 2021
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