CHICAGO — Ryan Tracy of Monticello, Illinois, has received The Chicago Farmers Plowman of the Year award.
Tracy is a past vice president of The Chicago Farmers and served on its board of directors for four years. He spent his tenure on the board using his vast connections in Illinois agriculture to help the group organize its monthly meeting programs.
These efforts were especially helpful during the pandemic, when in-person meetings were not possible. He also helped working with the sponsors of the organization.
A fellow member of The Chicago Farmers board of directors said: “As a member of The Chicago Farmers board of directors, Ryan gave his assistance to The Chicago Farmers generously and enthusiastically.”
Tracy also has served on the Illinois FFA Foundation board of directors and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences business advisory board.
He was the director for industry affairs for Illinois Farm Bureau for 11 years and prior to that worked on agricultural and energy policy for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Chicago Farmers presents The Plowman of the Year award annually to a member who best serves its mission of advancing interest in and knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness.