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


2020 Farm Family of the Year

The Edenburn Family

The Edenburn's service and commitment to the cattle industry awarded them the title of Farm Family of the Year. Lisa Edenburn’s father, Dean Piatt, and his family began the family row-crop operation around 70 years. The farm’s entrance into the cattle industry began with the purchase of a 4-H steer in 1998 for Buddy and Lisa’s daughter, Bailey. The cattle enterprise continued to grow and has reached the point where the family has formed partnerships to market their genetics internationally. Buddy and Lisa have built a legacy of hard work, integrity and dedicated volunteer service and instilled these traits in their daughters. Buddy and Lisa have a strong passion for junior programs, in particular, Illinois Junior Hereford Association members. Both served as advisors for more than 10 years.

2020 Commercial Producer of the Year

Weber Beef, Inc.

The annual award recognizes the Weber family for their commitment to raising quality beef cattle. Weber Beef began its custom feeding enterprise in 1985. Their mission then remains their mission today: to meet and exceed the customer’s goals for performance and care of their cattle while achieving a high level of profitability. The fourth generation is now working on the family farm. The operation was established by Jacob Weber and is now owned and operated by Jeff Weber and his two sons, BJ and Jordan.

2020 Outstanding Junior of the Year

Ashley Miller

Ashley grew up on a third generation cow-calf farm with a predominantly Hereford and Angus focus. Ashley was immediately immersed in the cattle industry at a young age. As soon as Ashley was old enough to show, the family began to purchase heifers that would have an influence on the diverse set of cows they have today. Her youth leadership involvement and dedication to the beef industry awarded her the title. She is currently serving her second term on the Illinois Junior Beef Association (IJBA) board of directors as the vice president. In addition to IJBA, she has also served on the American Chianina Association junior board of directors. Ashley hopes to continue to share her passion for the beef industry in her future career. She will be graduating from Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2021 with a degree in agriculture business.

2020 Seedstock Producer of the Year

Double Diamond Angus

The Anderson family’s seedstock operation began with the purchase of 80 acres in 1992. Today, the Andersons have conducted more than 8,000 collections and 25,000 embryo transfers. The family’s success in raising and marketing purebred cattle awarded them the title. Scott and Cindy’s four children: Kyle, Shane, Chase, and Reece have all played an active role in the success of their operation. All their kids grew up showing Angus cattle on the local, state, and national level and have continued to share their passion throughout their adulthood. Scott and Cindy have dedicated their lives to serve the next generation of cattlemen and women. For the past seven years they both served as Illinois Junior Angus Advisors (IJAA). In addition to IJAA, Scott served as president of the Illinois Angus Association. Volunteering their time to the association has become a way for the Anderson family to give back.

2020 Environmental Steward of the Year

The Sanderson Family

The award recognizes the Sanderson family as beef producers in Illinois whose natural resource stewardship practices protect the environment and contribute to productivity and profitability. The Sanderson family operates row crop and cattle enterprises, as well as a consumer-direct beef and pork sales business. They have been able to implement sustainable practices into their operation such as rotational grazing, cover-crop and no-till practices, and utilizing grass strips for erosion control. They also make use of their cattle by using their manure as fertilizer and their hooves as tillage equipment.

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Past Award Winners

View an archive of our past past award winners

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

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

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

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