IBA Member Awards

Your nominations for the Illinois Beef Association member awards are critical to recognize those individuals who "give their all" to make our industry the best it can be. Nominations can be made for your operation or on behalf of another producer. The winners will be recognized at the IBA Summer Conference in June. We are very proud of the contributions made by the producers in our industry. This is an opportunity to recognize them both personally and professionally. Only current IBA members are eligible to win; nominations will be reviewed by the IBA Awards Committee.*

All award nominations are due by March 15, 2021.

*Producers that have won any of the following awards in the last 10 years are not eligible

Farm Family of the Year

To recognize a beef producer family in Illinois who has done an outstanding job in the production and promotion of beef and exemplified leadership skills on the county and state level. Farm Family of the Year will be awarded at IBA Summer Conference and presented at the Illinois State Fair.

Nomination form

Seedstock Breeder of the Year

To recognize a beef producer in Illinois who exemplifies integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred cattle industry.

Nomination form

Commercial Producer of the Year

To recognize a beef producer in Illinois who exemplifies integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the commercial cattle industry.

Nomination form

Environmental Steward of the Year

To recognize a beef producer in Illinois whose natural resource stewardship practices protect the environment and contribute to productivity and profitability.

Nomination form

Outstanding Junior of the Year

To recognize a member of the Illinois Junior Beef Association who exemplifies integrity, leadership and commitment to being active in Illinois' beef cattle industry.

Nomination form


2021 Farm Family of the Year

The Frost Family

The Frost's service and commitment to the cattle industry awarded them the title of Farm Family of the Year. Cimeron and Rachel Frost of Frost Farms have a purebred and commercial cattle herd in Menard County. They have built a legacy of hard work, integrity and dedication for children: Erin, Tony, Chelsea, Gretchen, and Nathan. All five children grew up raising and cattle and are still involved in the cattle industry with their own families. Cimeron has been an active supporter of IBA and the Illinois Beef Expo over the last several decades. He was appointed Illinois Beef Expo manager of the first expo in 1988 and served in a variety of roles at IBA over the last several decades including director of industry programs, interim executive vice president and vice president of member services.

2021 Commercial Producer of the Year

O'Hern Stock Farms

The annual award recognizes O’Hern Stock Farms for their commitment to raising quality beef cattle. The O’Herns are fifth generation farmers that originally settled in western Illinois in the 1800s. The farm has since grown to around 5,000 acres of pasture and crop ground. O’Hern Stock Farms operate an 800 head capacity finishing building in Illinois, where they feed out their own calves and purchased cattle. The O’Herns also have a 600 head commercial cow-calf operation that are kept back as top replacements. In 2012, O’Hern Stock Farms started a registered Angus herd to develop bulls for the entire operation. In addition to the cow herd, they stock around 800 head of cattle in Missouri each year. Larry’s son and farm manager, Dan, operates the grain portion of the farm. A majority of the feedstuffs used are produced on the farm. The O'Hern family has been recognized both locally and nationally for their commitment to safe, sustainable and responsible agriculture. Livestock Manager, Matt Taylor, operates both the Illinois and Missouri ranches. Matt meets with a veterinarian each week to discuss BQA standards, vaccination protocols and schedules throughout the entire operation.

2021 Outstanding Junior of the Year

Grace Arnold

Grace Arnold’s dedication and passion for the beef industry awarded her the title. Her involvement in the cattle industry began at a young age. Grace started showing cattle at age 10 and since then, has become a leader in her local 4-H and FFA programs. Grace is an active member of the Illinois Junior Beef Association, Illinois Junior Angus Association and the Illinois Junior Simmental Association. She has shown cattle around the state and is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In her free time, Grace works with younger showmen as a mentor and positive leader. She also helps her father and grandfather with her family’s commercial cow herd. Not only is Grace active in cattle industry, but she has also proven herself academically. Following graduation from Lake Land College, Grace plans to attend Iowa State University to study animal science. 

2021 Seedstock Producer of the Year

Lorenzen Farms

Lorenzen Farms of Chrisman, Ill., was selected as the 2021 Illinois Beef Association (IBA) Seedstock Breeder of the Year. Lorenzen Farms’ success in raising and marketing high quality purebred cattle awarded them the title. Lorenzen Farms is a progressive purebred cattle operation with approximately 250 Polled Hereford and Angus cows. The Lorenzen family has bred and shown cattle that compete at the national level for over 30 years. Steve Lorenzen is the family's lead on the cattle operation. Adam Harms plays a crucial role as the herdsman on the cattle side. Lorenzen Farms has been a consistent source for premier Polled Hereford and Angus genetics for decades. Artificial insemination is used on the registered herd for thirty days and then bulls are released. Embryo transplants are also used to improve the breeding herd. Cattle are sold through production and private sales and the remainder are marketed through local stockyards and cattle order buyers. 

2021 Environmental Steward of the Year

Wildberry Farms

The award recognizes Wildberry Farms as beef producers in Illinois whose natural resource stewardship practices protect the environment and contribute to productivity and profitability. Wildberry Farms was established in 1978 and has over 35 years of experience in the seedstock business. They raise both Simmental and Angus cattle. They have 350 Simmental, SimAngus and Angus cows. Wildberry Farms has been able to implement sustainable practices into their operation like improving pasture quality, reclaiming and renovating pastures. Wildberry Farms has also rehabbed facilities and cattle lots to prevent runoff.

Past Award Winners

View an archive of our past past award winners

2020 | Edenburn Family | Penfield

2019 | Graff Land & Livestock | Middletown

2018 | Pfundstein Family  | Sterling

2017 | Adams Farms | Sandwich

2016 | Kendall Tarr Family | Newton

2015 | Prescott Family | Sherman

2014 | Curt Rincker Family | Shelbyville

2013 | Mike McClelland Family | Bowen

2012 | Larson/ Martz Family | Maple Park

2011 | Kocher Family | Henry

2010 | Roger Nordman Family | Oregon

2009 | J. Willrett Family | Malta

2008 | Pfundstein Family | Sterling

2007 | Bliler Family | Mechanicsburg

2006 | Vern & Jean Schiller Family | McHenry

2020 | Double Diamond Angus | Chrisman

2019 | Adcock Land & Livestock | Moweaqua

2018 | Curtin Land & Cattle | Blue Mound

2017 | Tree Lane Farms | El Paso

2016 | Diamond A Farms | Altamont

2015 | Dameron Angus | Lexington

2014 | Prairie View Farms/Alan Miller | Gridley

2013 | Lowderman Cattle Company | Macomb

2012 | Wildberry Farms | Hanover

2011 | Murphy's Angus | Illiopolis

2010 | Perks Ranch | Rockford

2009 | Panther Creek Ranch | Bowen

2008 | Rincker Simmentals | Shelbyville

2007 | Musgrave Angus | Griggsville

2006 | Andras Stock Farm | Manchester

2005 | Tomlinson Farms | West Frankfort

2004 | Sauk Valley Angus | Rock Falls

2003 | Sunnyhill Angus Farm | Fairview

2002 | J. Ben Curtin | Taylorville

2001 | Max West | Omaha

2000 | Ellis Farms | Chrisman

1999 | Brecher Angus Farm | Groveland

1998 | John & Fred Curtain | Blue Mound

1997 | Kramer Farms | Farina

1996 | DeKap Angus | Lanark

1995 | Jim & JoAnn Enos | Stockton

1994 | Gerald & Lois Neher | Anna

1993 | Bill Eiten | Huntsville

1992 | Bud Hobbs | Good Hope

1991 | Norman Bruce & Les Mathers | Mason City

1990 | Lester & Tom Saxe | Thompsonviile

1989 | Bill & Steve Florshuetz | Sublette

1988 | Rincker Brothers | Strasburg

1987 | Jim Hall | Eddyville

1986 | Jay Book | Sterling

1985 | Ivan & Frank Rincker | Strasburg

1984 | Clifford & Bruce Betzold | Nokomis

1983 | Fred Killam | Jacksonville

1982 | Lawrence Meyer | Topeka

1981 | Stanley Nesemeier | Lanark

1980 | W.B. Williams | Plymouth

1979 | Herman Schaefer | Morris

1978 | Rock River Farms | Byron

1977 | Gibb Angus Farms | Piper City

1976 | Loren Schlipf | El Paso

2020 | Weber Beef Inc. | Geneseo

2019 | Dean Beef & Bacon | Le Roy

2018 | ODK Wagenknecht Farms | Milledgeville

2017 | Kassing Farms | Mount Sterling

2016 | Bob Fidler Family | Fairview

2015 | Head Cattle/Dipper Farms | Blue Mound

2014 | Black Gold Ranch/Steve Foglesong | Astoria

2013 | Bill Bass | Cobden

2012 | Quarter B Farms | Pleasant Plains

2011 | Hadden Farms | Jacksonville

2010 | Slykhuis Farms | Raleigh

2009 | Gehrke Farms | Delavan

2008 | Stan & Lisa Buzzard | Beecher City

2007 | Freedom Hills Ranch | Mt. Carroll

2006 | Trevor & Jane Toland | Macomb

2005 | Larry & Barry Dowell | Stronghurst

2004 | Ken & Sara Nimrick | Stronghurst

2003 | David & Steven Krupps | Mt. Sterling

2002 | Cliff Schuette | Breese

2001 | Mark Kern | Mt. Vernon

2000 | Indian Knoll Cattle Company | Taylorville

1999 | Mike & Tom Endress | Tremont

1998 | Unsicker Farms | Peoria

1997 | Bill Boston | Roodhouse

1996 | Mike Kitley | Flora

1995 | Bill Hesler | Salem

1994 | David C. Howard | Hanover

1993 | Charles Postel | Rockbridge

1992 | Midland Coal Company | Farmington

1991 | Art Farley |Mahomet

1990 | Carl Hartweg | Carthage

1989 | Walt JoAn Mary & Mark Bollman | Ava

1988 | Ray Peugh | Sterling

1987 | Ed Whitaker | Forest City

1986 | Mike & Dave McGee | Catlin

1985 | Olin & Larry Kennedy | Forest City

1984 | Ransom Tompkins | Fairview

1983 | Delmar & Joyce Nelson | Elizabethtown

1982 | Jim Neumann | Milan

1981 | Harry & Rick Kline | LeRoy

1980 | William Romersberger | Eureka

1979 | G. W. Campbell | Villa Grove

1978 | Rober & Lloyd Simon | Princeton

1977 | Doug Vandermyde | Morrison

1976 | John Jameson | Canton

2020 | The Sanderson Family | Clare

2019 | Hillstown Farms | Marissa

2018 | Lamoreux Farms | Lanark

2017 | Isermann Farms | Streator

2014 | Trevor Toland | Macomb

2013 | Ted Krauskopf | Highland

2012 | Larson Farms Partnership | Maple Park

2011 | Pfundstein Farms | Sterling

2010 | Funk Farms Trust | Shirley

2009 | Irl Rincker Farmily | Shelbyville

2008 | Ron & Jeanne Helm | Oreana

2007 | Zane & Connie Schneider | Trenton

2006 | Jim & Mary Burrus | Jacksonville

2005 | Terry & Michele Rush | Pittsfield

2004 | Bill Rudow Family | Pana

2003 | Cliff Schuette Family | Breeze

2002 | Tom & Mike Endress | Tremont

2001 | Riddell Polled Herefords | Sparland

2000 | Clarence & David Allbritten | Belknap

1999 | Otis & Otto Rincker | Strasburg

1998 | Jim Doane | Barry

1997 | Alan Adams | Sandwich

1996 | Dean Larson | Prophetstown