It’s the middle (the end?) of August. School has started, farmers are thinking about harvest, and I’m thinking about my upcoming EIGHT YEAR anniversary with IL Corn.
Here are my favorite August photos – a collect of August through the years. I hope you enjoy the throwback as much as I did!
August 2008: Art Bunting was our President. Not only is he an outstanding farmer, but he’s also an amazing friend. He’s the sort of guy that will drive you home from O’Hare after you’ve been stuck there without a flight home in the early hours of the morning – not that this has ever happened to me! This was a photo shoot I did to accompany an article on Art in a state farm publication. I’m not saying it’s my best work, but I was proud of it in 2008.
August 2010: Our first season partnering with the Normal Cornbelters was over and we hosted our past director dinner at the ballfield. These gentlemen were the upcoming officer team – a group of guys that I’m so happy I’ve had the privilege to know. WHAT. AMAZING. MEN.
August 2011: Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. It’s hot and sweaty and (for those of you that don’t know me) I don’t really do hot and sweaty. But it IS a great time for old and new friends and this photo captures that for me.
This is Dave Loos, our ethanol guru in the office, and our two DC helpers, David Crow and David Beaudreau. We lovingly call them Dave3 (or sometimes “Dave cubed” or just “Dave squared” or “D squared” if they aren’t all together!). I love these guys.
August 2012: The year of a historic drought in Illinois. Yield was cut in half and many ears of corn looked like this (this is WAY SMALL for an ear of corn) or worse (some had unfilled ears or other damage). So glad to have that year behind us!
It’s a great photo of us, but it’s also a sweet memory and a #TBT of its own. I grew up in 4-H and exhibited at every fair between the ages of 8 and 18. Forgive me for being a little excited to start the process with her. She’s made great friends and learned amazing things that will help her as she grows.
August 2015: Our first ever staff night at the CornCrib. I work with such amazing people, that we really should have scheduled a staff summer outing long before this! But it was a fun night, and this photo really encompasses the goofiness of our office. We have a blast together! Look at those silly faces!
I noticed a theme here – did you? Turns out, my eight years with IL Corn have been about people. The people I’ve met, the people I’ve helped, the people I’ve served with and even the people I’ve lived with.
Because although non-farmers like to think otherwise, this industry is 100 percent about people.
I can’t think of a person I’m sorry to have met and I look forward to all the new people I’ll work with between now and next August! Bring it on!