Illinois beef producers elected leaders during the Illinois Beef Association’s annual meeting. Cattlemen selected Alan Adams (left) IBA president and Mike Martz, IBA vice president to lead the group for the upcoming year.
Illinois beef producers elected leaders during the Illinois Beef Association’s annual meeting. Cattlemen selected Alan Adams (left) IBA president and Mike Martz, IBA vice president to lead the group for the upcoming year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Alan Adams of Sandwich was elected the new president of the Illinois Beef Association board of governors during the IBA Summer Conference.

For Adams, growing up in agriculture and the beef industry is not only his livelihood or income — it’s a way of life.

The Adams Family Farm supports two households: Alan and his wife, JoAnn, and son, Ross, and his wife. They grow corn and soybeans, run a 49-head cowherd and operate a feedlot which will feed 1,200 head in 2013.

“This might be the hardest year to predict what will happen since I’ve been on the board,” Adams said. “We’ve brought in an entire new staff to the IBA in one year. One of our biggest challenges as leaders will be to evaluate the new ideas that undoubtedly will be coming and decide where to put our members’ dollars to best use.”

Selected to serve as the IBA vice president was Mike Martz of Waterman. Martz currently is a partner in his family farm. His wife, Lynn; son, Justin; and brother-in-law, Norm Larson, run the grain and crop side of the business.

Martz and his father-in-law, Ray Larson, run the beef operation, which consists of a finishing business. Using ultrasound technology, the operation ensures that they are marketing their own fed cattle, as well as customer’s cattle at the optimal time.

“I believe these are critical times for all phases of agriculture.” Martz said. “There are a growing number of consumers that are questioning the way we raise our livestock and grow our crops. It is important to tell our production story.”