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Congratulations to the Martins -- named Farmer Heroes by National Association of Conservation Districts (NACO) and EPA.

Congratulations to Jeff Martin and his family for their recognition by the National Association of Conservation District (NACO) and EPA for their work in soil conservation.  Specifically, these farmers were recognized for their best management practices that resulted in reduced pollution and increased soil quality.  This is a well-deserved award for folks who were working on soil conservation well before it was trendy.  Also, see the story on the EPA website and learn more about the Martin Family by taking a look at the Martin Family Farms Blog!


The Chicago Farmers presented its Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to Bill Johnson during the May meeting.  Bill coordinates the Agriculture Production and Management and Swine Management programs at Joliet Junior College.  He also is a member of TCF.

The Chicago Farmers would like to take a moment to thank our now Past-President, Andy Holstine, for his contributions over the last two years as President.  We all know how much time and energy it takes.  Andy isn't going anywhere just yet, and we look forward to his continued contributions to the organization.  TCF would also like to acknowledge Margaret McGrath for her time spent on the Membership Committee, the Farm Fairs, and her contribution to the board.  Finally, TCF would like to recognize Brian Shea, 2014 Plowman of the Year, for his many years and many roles with The Chicago Farmers.  Brian brought tremendous expertise and ideas to the organization.  He was very valued amongst the Board and Membership.  Moving forward, congratulations to Eric Rund as he begins his new role as President, and help us in welcoming Dan Stokes and Mark Thorndyke as they begin their first term on The Chicago Farmer's Board of Directors.

The Chicago Farmers Officers 2014-2015

  • Eric Rund, President
  • Barbara Clark, Vice President
  • Pete Petges, Treasurer
  • Brian Duke, Secretary
  • Andy Holstine, Past President


The Chicago Farmers Board of Directors 2014-2015

  • Bruce Aherns
  • Susan Kern, M.D.
  • David Oppedahl
  • Sharon Perry
  • Dan Stokes
  • Mark Thorndyke


As the 2014-2015 program year comes to a close, we have one more trip to look forward to.  Join The Chicago Farmers for our Summer Tour to Monsanto in St. Louis, MO on July 18.  Registration has been extended through Monday, June 23rd. Register today!  If you can't attend, we hope that you have a wonderful summer, and that we'll see you in September for our first luncheon of the 2014-2015 year!



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