Our Fields
Our Fields

 

President's Office
The President’s Office is home to the President, Vice President, and the Executive Director of Operations, News and Communications. Voting delegates elect the President and Vice President at the IAA Annual Meeting. In addition to their Farm Bureau duties, both President and Vice President are full-time farmers.

The Executive Director of Operations, News and Communications, provides management assistance to the president on board and organizational issues and leads the News and Communication Division.

Our Five Divisions

The Divisions of Illinois Farm Bureau are made of up leaders and employees who create and manage programs, services, and activities to fulfill the needs of our members and support our county Farm Bureaus.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to the Illinois Farm Bureau , county Farm Bureaus, COUNTRY Financial, Prairie Farms Dairy, and some other IFB affiliates.

Some legal specialties within OGC include agricultural law, insurance and financial services law, tax and benefits law, employment law, environmental law, real estate law, contract law, corporate law, and litigation.

The General Counsel also serves as the corporate secretary for the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial, maintaining the official corporate records for the companies.

News Comm

NewsCommimageThe News and Communications Division communicates to our members, as well as for our members.

The weekly newspaper, Farm Week, is written for our farmers and has timely information on issues, markets, and crop conditions around the state. FarmWeekNow.com provides weather, commodity prices, and news stories, along with audio and video reports. RFD Radio Network produces and broadcasts farm news and market information Monday through Saturday. Partners magazine informs non-farmer members about agriculture, farmers, farm family life, and rural Illinois. It is distributed quarterly to our associate members.

Issue management, Media Relations and the Video Production are also part of this division.

Finance

Finance ImageThe Finance Division is responsible for the money that flows through Illinois Farm Bureau and some affiliates, as well as administrative services, information technology, and the operation and security of the IAA building. Health services and Employee Services and Activities are also housed in this Division.

Information Technology handles employee computer and internet needs, as well as maintaining the organization’s website. They oversee systems and county support services including our membership database. The Information Resource Center offers library services to staff.

The IAA Foundation funds education, research, and activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture. They provide funding for programs such as Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom through fundraising events. The IFB Print Shop also operates under the Finance Division. Finance provides corporate support for the IAA Credit Union.

MSPR

MSPR IMageThe Member Services and Public Relations Division unifies all programs and information functions linking the state organization to the county Farm Bureaus, including human resource issues, membership recruitment and retention, program development, conference management, and training and education. They also manage an internal website with resources and tools to assist with leadership development and CFB office management. Field Support & Programs, Training and Development, Marketing, and Membership Departments assist in all these areas.

The Center for Agricultural Engagement works with the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) & Illinois Farm Families partnerships to provide interactive and accurate information about agriculture to thousands of school children and adult consumers each year. High school 4-H and FFA members can participate in leadership and award programs sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Education in Agriculture Committee. Twelve Illinois college and university campuses are home to Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters, which engage students through opportunities in leadership, education, legislation, and networking. The Young Leader program provides personal and professional development opportunities for individuals ages 18-35 to fuel their passion for agriculture.

GAC

GAC_imageThe Governmental Affairs and Commodities Division helps turn Farm Bureau policy into legislative action. Staff serves as watch dogs, making sure regulations are based on common sense and fit with accepted farm practices. The focus is to create a farmer friendly environment at the national, state, and local levels.

The External Relations Department develops and maintains relationships with agribusiness and food companies, colleges and universities, business organizations, and other groups of strategic importance to the Farm Bureau.

The Commodities arm analyzes economic and marketing issues and trends, biotechnology developments, and livestock programs. They also manage the Illinois Milk Producer's Association and the Illinois Livestock Development Group, and they offer management services to Illinois Specialty Growers and Illinois Wheat Association.

 

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Our People

Our biggest asset

We planted our roots as the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) in DeKalb, Illinois in 1912 and then became the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) at the state level in 1916. IFB is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), which was organized in 1919. AFBF is the unified national voice of agriculture. IFB has the 5th largest Farm Bureau in the nation and we are very proud to be a leader in the agriculture industry. We’re a grassroots membership organization made up of people who support farms, food and families in Illinois. Our members join because they are looking for advocacy, access to reliable agriculture information and education and our member benefits. At IFB, we advocate for farmers and agriculture. We connect the farming community with consumers and create a great value with our by promoting the values and quality of life we hold dear in Illinois. Our Mission Improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life.

Sim Sandhu

When I started eight years ago as an intern, I never expected both the professional and personal development offered to me by the Illinois Farm Bureau. I’ve received nothing but support and enthusiasm from our leadership. I have been able to follow my passions here and consistently grow into new opportunities, including my most recent as manager of a newly formed department. I’m thankful for my IFB family and look forward to being a part of it for many years to come!

Dee Dee Gellerman

I started as a County Manager Trainee and then was hired as the Mason and Menard County Farm Bureau Manager, which lead into my current position as a Regional Manager. I have enjoyed working with twenty-two County Managers in my region and helping them to grow in their jobs. Working with members and staff in our organization is very rewarding!

Jeff Brown

I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I hope to spend the rest of my career at Illinois Farm Bureau. I feel like I’m working directly for our farmer-members and that my contributions have an impact on their success.

 

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our benefits
Our Benefits help you plant your rootsThe Farm Bureau Family of Companies offers a competitive, full-range package of benefits. The following information highlights some of these benefits. More detailed information will be made available if you join our organization.

Compensation

Compensation

Competitive compensation, plus rewards and recognition for contributing to our corporate success

Medical

Medical

Medical insurance, including a preferred provider organization (PPO), and two high deductible health plan (HDHP) options with a health savings account (HSA)

Dental & Vision

Dental & Vision

Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage, and vision insurance options

Life

Life

Life insurance, including supplemental and dependent coverage

401k

401(k)

401(k) with company match, including Roth/after-tax 401(k) option

Time Off

Time Off

Paid time off, plus paid company holidays and time off to volunteer

Life

Adoption Assistance

Adoption assistance program

Short-term disability

Wellness

Wellness initiatives to enhance your emotional, physical, and financial well-being

Long term disability

Disability

Short and long term disability coverage

Work

Flexible Work Arrangements

A variety of options to meet employee and business needs

Casual

Business Casual

Business casual work environment, including jeans on Friday

Enhance both your personal and professional life.
Total rewards designed with you and your future in mind.

 

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