Illinois Junior Beef Association

The IJBA strives to provide educational and career opportunities through competition and fellowship in order to develop leadership skills and integrity in young people interested in the Illinois cattle industry.

The IJBA is governed by a 10-member board (2 directors representing each IJBA district and two at-large director).

Junior memberships are available for any young person under twenty-one years of age who have paid their $25 membership dues. To participate in IJBA events members must be at least eight years of age and under twenty-one years of age as of January 1 of the event year.

The IJBA offers a world of opportunities to youth. Members of the IJBA are eligible for: receiving the January/February and July/August (junior-focused) issues of Illinois Beef magazine, participation in junior activities including conferences, shows and other contests, leadership training, scholarships, and the IBA internship.

Wondering if you’re already recognized as a member? Contact the IBA office to find out!


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IJBA Districts

The IJBA is separated into 4 districts.Two directors will be elected from each district, as well as one at-large director to represent IJBA members throughout the state. 

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IJBA directors

The Illinois Junior Beef Association Board of Directors offers leadership development beyond the boundaries of local groups. During their terms, the IJBA Directors will develop and carry out programs and events to serve junior members and the Illinois cattle industry. The IJBA Board will also make recommendations for new programs and help develop leadership potential of the junior members.

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IJBA President

Grace Arnold
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IJBA Vice President

Paige Lemenager
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IJBA Secretary

Paige Van Dyke
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Show/Beef Promotion Chair

Lauren Wolter
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district 1 director

Kyle Eathington

Avon, IL

Term ends Aug. 2023

district 1 director

Tyler Lee

Durand, IL 

Term ends Aug. 2023

district 2 director

Paige Lemenager

Hudson, IL

Term ends Aug. 2023

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district 2 director

Grace Brown

Flanagan, IL

Term ends Aug. 2024

district 3 director

Lauren Wolter

Aviston, IL 

Term ends Aug. 2023

district 3 director

Adam Miller

Gridley, IL

Term ends Aug. 2023

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district 4 Director

Paige Van Dyke

Louisville, IL 

Term ends Aug. 2023

District 4 Director

Grace Arnold

Clinton, IL 

Term ends Aug. 2023

at large director

Dellana Muck

Caledonia, IL

Term ends Aug. 2024

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At Large Director

Audrey Curtin

Blue Mound, IL 

Term ends Aug. 2024