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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
May 17, 2021
  We hope you can join us Thursday, May 20th, at 4:00 pm, for a discussion on "Race, Racism, and Agriculture," with the Founder and CEO of 1619 Consultations LLC, Bryana Clover. Bryana Clover is a race equity educator and facilitator for both individuals and organizations, to guide them from identifying their blind spots to creating impactful DEI strategies with a race equity lens. She has a demonstrated history of working in various strategic marketing roles within Agribusiness, where she has acquired the skill and passion for facilitating brave conversations that turn complex problems into actionable solutions.
    Clients and colleagues have described Bryana as a passionate leader who is skilled at tackling challenges with a fierce energy, while creating an engaging environment for everyone.
     Bryana Clover is a Michigan-native, currently residing in Apex, North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Certificate from UNCC: Anti-Racism in Urban Education.

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We Thank Our IALF Supporters 
"Keeping Connected" Alumni Webinar Series
The IALF extends our gratitude to our "Keeping Connected"
alumni webinar series sponsors. 
News and Events

Jeff Bunting (IALP '14), GROWMARK Crop Protection Division Manager, warns producers of shipping delays and shortages of herbicides. You can read more here. 

Matt Heberling (IALP '23), Christian County Farm Bureau President, visited with the county Farm Bureau’s adopted legislator, House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago as she toured two Illinois farms and an FS facility. The tours allow lawmakers to gain insight on the needs and priorities of Illinois producers. You can read more about the visit here.
2021 IALF Alumni Memorial
Golf Outing

We missed you last year! Register today for the Alumni Memorial Golf Outing to be held Monday, June 21, 2021. Catch up with your fellow alums while enjoying a day of golf at beautiful Crestwicke Country Club in Bloomington! Don't golf? Join us for drinks and appetizers at the IALP Alumni Social Hour following the outing!

Prices per Individual

Golf & Social - $145.00
Social Only - $25.00
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Enter for your chance to win a
John Deere X570 Lawn Tractor!

Don't miss your chance to win; purchase your raffle tickets today! Support
IALF and enter our annual raffle for your chance to win a
John Deere X570 Lawn Tractor!


1 ticket- $20.00 or 6 tickets for $100.00.
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Drawing will be held September 15, 2021.

The Torch of Leadership Award recognizes alumni or friends of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through personal commitment and service to agriculture in their occupation, community, government, or education.

This year we wish to focus on two honorable alumni; one with a career in Agribusiness and one to represent Agricultural Producers. The recipients of this award should be those that have demonstrated leadership not only throughout their careers in agriculture, but to those that have taken their leadership talents and applied them to the wider, social sphere. 

Their contributions and examples of leadership can be at a local, state, national, or international level and will be evaluated based on the information provided in the nomination form.

The winners will be announced at the upcoming
Connect IALP Alumni Event, taking place August 20, 2021, at Destihl Brewery in Normal, IL. 

Click below if would like to know more about the nomination process, or would like to nominate someone for this award.     

Torch of Leadership Awards

Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund

We lost a dear friend and colleague in Debi Thurow. Debi was a dedicated member of the IALF staff for 12 years, but her impact on the foundation, and on all those that had the opportunity to know her, will carry on. She was passionate about her work with the foundation, most notably when it came to ensuring the success of the class members. Debi worked closely with each class member through the entirety of the program; from completing the application process to the graduation ceremony. 

To honor Debi, and her legacy of generosity and kindness, the IALF has established the
Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund for Participant Special Needs. The goal of the fund is to provide assistance to IALP participants requiring additional financial support due to extenuating circumstances while completing the program.  


To contribute to the Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund, please send a payment to:


PO Box 1368
Bloomington, IL 61702

You can also make a donation electronically:

Debi Thurow Memorial Fund
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