CHICAGO — Ken Cripe of Vandalia in Fayette County was nominated to serve District 14 on the Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 1-4. Cripe, as well as incumbent directors in Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 18, will be up for election during the delegate business session Monday, Dec. 3.
Cripe was nominated to a two-year term to represent IFB members in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Marion and Montgomery counties. Cripe, who operates a family-owned elevator, Cripe Grain Company, also raises corn, soybeans and wheat with his brother, son and two nephews.
He serves on the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, currently serving as president, and is a Vandalia Levee and Drainage District Commissioner and Fayette County Farm Service Agency Committee member.
Cripe is a past member of the Illinois Soybean Association and a lifetime member of the Illinois FFA Alumni. He was named the Midwest Truckers Association Outstanding Member in 1987 and was a Pioneer Seed salesman for 22 years.
An active member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia, Crip has served as a church deacon, and is a member of the local Moose lodge, Masonic Temperance Lodge No. 16 and Ainad Shriners.
Cripe graduated from Vandalia High School in 1974 and received his associate degree in agriculture business and applied science from Lakeland Community College in 1976. He and his wife, Martha, have two grown children.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
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