SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Alan Adams of Sandwich was elected the
new president of the Illinois Beef Association board of governors during the IBA
For Adams, growing up in agriculture and the beef industry
is not only his livelihood or income — it’s a way of life.
The Adams Family Farm supports two households: Alan and his
wife, JoAnn, and son, Ross, and his wife. They grow corn and soybeans, run a
49-head cowherd and operate a feedlot which will feed 1,200 head in 2013.
“This might be the hardest year to predict what will happen
since I’ve been on the board,” Adams said. “We’ve brought in an entire new staff
to the IBA in one year. One of our biggest challenges as leaders will be to
evaluate the new ideas that undoubtedly will be coming and decide where to put
our members’ dollars to best use.”
Selected to serve as the IBA vice president was Mike Martz
of Waterman. Martz currently is a partner in his family farm. His wife, Lynn;
son, Justin; and brother-in-law, Norm Larson, run the grain and crop side of the
Martz and his father-in-law, Ray Larson, run the beef
operation, which consists of a finishing business. Using ultrasound technology,
the operation ensures that they are marketing their own fed cattle, as well as
customer’s cattle at the optimal time.
“I believe these are critical times for all phases of
agriculture.” Martz said. “There are a growing number of consumers that are
questioning the way we raise our livestock and grow our crops. It is important
to tell our production story.”