Mark Tuttle elected new IFB Director

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DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Mark Tuttle was elected as the new Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Director representing District 1 during the state organization’s annual meeting, Dec. 8 in Chicago. 

District 1 includes the counties of DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry. Tuttle replaces previous director Michelle Aavang from McHenry County who served for four years on the IAA Board.

“I am honored to be elected to the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors and will do my best to represent Farm Bureau members in District 1,” said Tuttle. The Somonauk farmer also pledges to “have a voice for area farmers and agriculture at the state level.” 

Tuttle, 58, has served as DeKalb County Farm Bureau President for eight years and has been a county director for 18 years. Additionally, he is president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

He has held leadership positions with the state Farm Bureau having served as Resolutions Committee Chairman and as a member of several committees. Also, he was a Leaders to Washington participant, an American Farm Bureau delegate, and a graduate of Farm Bureau’s Ag Leaders of Tomorrow program. 

Tuttle farms with his two sons growing corn, soybeans, wheat, sweet corn and peas in southern DeKalb County and has a trucking business. He has five adult children and one grandson. 

Tuttle joins the IFB Board comprised of 20 farmer directors from throughout the state. Rich Guebert of Ellis Grove serves as president and Brian Duncan of Polo is vice president. It’s been more than two decades since a DeKalb County Farm Bureau President served on the IFB Board. Allan Aves of Kirkland was the District 1 IFB Director from 1985 to 1997. E.E. Houghtby of Shabbona was on the IFB Board in 1934. 

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