Two Illinois soybean leaders were recognized for their contributions to the American Soybean Association this past week at Commodity Classic.
Lyle Roberts, retired Illinois Soybean Association CEO received ASA’s Special Meritorious Service Award. Metamora, Ill. farmer Kent Hodel was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership Focus. Hodel says the recognition means a lot. “It was very unexpected – but I am thankful to receive the honor,” he says.
For the last 20 years – Hodel has worked part-time for the ISA doing outreach and education. He says it’s important for America’s next generation of farmers to get involved. “They have to do their part and start taking hold and start working to be on the board to help put education in their hands,” he says. “They are the future. It’s time for us older generation to move on and let new leadership come one and we’re looking forward to that.”
Both Roberts and Hodel received their award during the ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic last week
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