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 9-member board (2 directors representing each IJBA district and one 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, two VISION newsletters with information specially for juniors, 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. 

2019 Junior Board

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

Kylie Fields

IJBA vice president

Ashley Miller

ijba secretary

Maddie Fugate

show/beef promotion chair

Katelyn Eathington

district 1 director

Katelyn Eathington
Avon, IL
Terms ends Aug. 2020

district 1 director

Emma Eathington
Avon, IL
Term ends Aug. 2021

district 2 director

Dalton Lemenager
Clifton, IL
Term ends Aug. 2020

district 3 director

Kylie Fields
Chandlerville, IL
Terms ends Aug. 2020

district 3 Director

Garrett Rhode
Carlock, IL
Terms ends Aug. 2021

district 4 director

Maddie Fugate
Mahomet, IL
Term ends Aug. 2020

district 4 Director

Grace Arnold
Clinton, IL
Terms ends Aug. 2021

At LArge director

Eric Schafer
Owaneco, IL
Terms ends Aug. 2021

at large director

Ashley Miller
Armington, IL
Term ends Aug. 2021