The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) is led by its board of governors which is made up of seven dues directors representing IBA’s seven regions, seven at-large directors representing various industry segments, and fourteen Checkoff directors with two representing each of IBA’s seven regions. Directors are eligible to serve up to two consecutive three-year terms on the board.

Directors are established on the board in two different ways. Dues directors may be appointed in the case of vacancies, but should be nominated and elected by the affiliates in their region and seated at the annual meeting held during the IBA Summer Conference.

Checkoff directors may also be appointed by other members of the Checkoff division, but official procedures for electing Checkoff directors are spelled out in the Illinois Beef Market Development Act. These procedures cite that an elected director shall be a resident of Illinois, and shall be a beef producer who has been a beef producer for at least the five years prior to his or her election. A qualified beef producer may be elected to serve on the board only if he or she has submitted a nominating petition containing signatures of more than 50 beef producers from the district he or she may seek to represent. Only the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes cast from that district shall be elected. These elections are also held at the annual meeting held during the IBA Summer Conference.

For more information on IBA’s board of governors, visit If you’re interested in serving on the IBA board, please contact IBA.

NedHeltsleyHeadshotNed Heltsley

Fourth generation Angus breeder Ned Heltsley has been in the cattle business his whole life. Ned and his family reside in Kansas, Ill. He grew up on a commercial Angus operation, and in 1995 sold the commercial cows and replaced them with purebred Angus cows. He said he enjoys showing cattle with his daughters and having plenty of beef to fill his freezer. Ned was encouraged to run for the Illinois Beef Association (IBA) board of governors in 2007. Ned said serving on the IBA board is a great opportunity to learn from and work with successful, passionate people in the beef industry. He enjoys being actively involved in beef advocacy, especially legislative efforts, and being a representative for Illinois cattlemen.

LarryMagnusonHeadshotLarry Magnuson

Larry Magnuson, Tiskalwa, Ill., has been involved in the cattle business since he was two-years-old, when his grandfather gave him his first calf. Larry was active in 4-H growing up and started feeding cattle and farming in 1975, after graduating with a degree in agriculture from Illinois State University (even though he “bleeds” University of Illinois orange and blue). Over the years, Larry said his operation has doubled feeder cattle numbers and started a commercial cow herd, which his son is now involved in. His said his favorite thing about being in the cattle business is the satisfaction of hard work and a job well-done, and seeing his cows in a freshly bedded barn during the winter. Larry was chairman of the Bureau County Cattlemen’s board for 10 years and, in 2007, was encouraged to run the for the IBA board of governors. He said he enjoys interacting with consumers and telling the story of Illinois cattlemen.

DalePfundsteinDale Pfundstein

This Sterling, Ill., farmer and cattle feeder runs 900 head of fed cattle in a covered monoslope facility on his farm, where his family also raises corn and other crops. Dale’s father was involved in the cattle business and Dale joined him in the 1970s. His father retired in April, and he said he has decreased his commercial cow herd to focus on his custom feeding business. Dale was encouraged to run for the IBA board of governors in 2007 and enjoys working with others to promote Illinois cattle.

Jill JohnsonJill Johnson
Illinois Beef Association
Director of Communications


Agricultural commodity producers from across the state will gather for the 2012 Illinois Commodity Conference on Tuesday, November 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Ill. The one-day event – centered on the theme “Working Together Everyone Achieves More” ­– begins with registration at 7:30 a.m., which is followed by networking at 9:00 a.m. The first speaker, Jody Lawrence will share his marketing advice starting at 10:00 a.m., and the entire program will wrap up at 2:00 with an ice cream social.

Six Illinois commodity groups are hosting the conference, including the Illinois Beef Association (IBA), Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA), Illinois Milk Producers Association (IMPA), Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and Illinois Wheat Association (IWA). In addition, three agricultural companies – Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer – are serving as major sponsors of the event. Developed to promote leadership and cooperation among these commodity groups, it also serves as a venue for educating producers and enhancing market opportunities.

This year’s schedule will look slightly different than previous years with two breakout sessions that producers can choose to attend.  Speakers include Nic Anderson, business developer at Illinois Livestock Group, Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Dan Schaefer, director of nutrient stewardship for CBMP, Kevin Daugherty, Ag in the Classroom coordinator, Mike and Lynn Martz of Larson Family Farms and Coach Herman Boone, who will share his inspirational story that was captured in the Disney film Remember the Titans.

Producers interested in attending the 2012 Illinois Commodity Conference may register in advance or at the door. The fee, which includes lunch, is $45 before November 8 and $60 thereafter. Students are eligible to register at a discounted rate of $20. More information, including a complete agenda, is available online at or by calling (309) 557-3703.