March 08, 2021

IBA accepting nominations to recognize outstanding cattlemen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Beef Association is seeking nominations for the 2021 IBA Awards.

The IBA Awards recognize Illinois farm families for their dedication to the cattle industry and continued improvements and contributions to Illinois beef production.

The IBA Awards categories are:

• Farm Family of the Year: To recognize a beef family in Illinois who has done an outstanding job in the production and promotion of beef and exemplified leadership skills on the county and state level. Farm Family of the Year will be awarded at IBA Summer Conference and presented at the Illinois State Fair.

• Seedstock Breeder of the Year: To recognize a beef producer in Illinois who exemplifies integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred cattle industry.

• Commercial Producer of the Year: To recognize a beef producer in Illinois who exemplifies integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the commercial cattle industry.

• Environmental Steward of the Year: To recognize a beef producer in Illinois whose natural resource stewardship practices protect the environment and contribute to productivity and profitability.

• Outstanding Junior of the Year: To recognize a member of the Illinois Junior Beef Association who exemplifies integrity, leadership and commitment to being active in Illinois’ beef cattle industry. Applicants must be ages 8-22 as of Jan. 1, 2021.

All award nominations are due by March 8. Award winners will be recognized at IBA Summer Conference on June 8-9 in East Peoria.

Only current IBA members are eligible to win. All nominations will be reviewed by the IBA awards committee.

For nomination forms and more information, visit www.illinoisbeef.com.