Our Alumni The IALF Impacts Global Food and Agriculture

We measure success through the results demonstrated by our graduates.  Every day, American agriculture is impacted in a positive and profound way by one of the nearly 500 graduates of our two-year leadership program. Specific graduates include:

Ron Moore, Class of 1998, President of the American Soybean Association.

  • Sheila Fowler, Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (home of the largest FFA chapter in Illinois)
  • Jeff Bunting from GROWMARK, CropLife America Board of Directors
  • Renee Roberts, Vice President of Refined Oils Sales for ADM
  • Jim Reed, Member of the National Corn Growers Board of Directors
  • Ron Moore, President, American Soybean Association
  • Ken Maschhoff, President, National Pork Producers Council
  • Ron Warfield and Philip Nelson, Past Presidents of the Illinois Farm Bureau. HERE

 

Many of our graduates provide leadership in a variety of other roles.  A recent survey of our graduates reveals that:

  • 70% have served as media spokespersons for food and agriculture
  • 66% have served as leaders on community boards
  • 50% have served in local, state & national leadership posts in pro-agriculture organizations
  • 23% have testified for food and agriculture to federal agencies; 31% at the state and 31% at the local levels

 

Jennifer Waters, one of five people who facilitate the agricultural curriculum in the Illinois public school system, demonstrates her public speaking skills as a member of our Class of 2016.

Jennifer Waters, one of five people who facilitate the agricultural curriculum in the Illinois public school system, demonstrates her public speaking skills as a member of our Class of 2016.

 

The benefits to our graduates of the skills, knowledge and character gained in our programs are wide-ranging.  Each person brings back knowledge from each seminar and applies it to his/her position in agribusiness, nutrition, food retail, government or on the farm.  Their value to their employers increases exponentially.  Our graduates have told us the four main benefits of the Illinois agricultural leadership program are:

  • Confidence;
  • Business acumen;
  • Knowledge of the global view of food and agriculture; and
  • Networking.