DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Mark Tuttle crop

DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Mark Tuttle (photo provided)

The President of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau was elected this past weekend as a director on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

Mark Tuttle of Somonauk was named as the new Illinois Farm Bureau Director of District 1, representing DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.

Tuttle was named to the board on Sunday at the state organization's annual meeting in Chicago.

He farms with his sons growing corn, soybeans, wheat, sweet corn and peas in southern DeKalb County and has a trucking business. Tuttle says he looks forward to having a voice for area farmers and agriculture at the state level.

Tuttle spoke about how he became involved with the state organization.

Tuttle has been the DeKalb County Farm Bureau President for eight years and has been a county director for 18 years. He additionally is DeKalb County

Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Tuttle was also a "Leaders to Washington" participant, an American Farm Bureau delegate, and a graduate of the Farm Bureau’s "Ag Leaders of Tomorrow" program.

It’s been more than two decades since a DeKalb County Farm Bureau President served on the IFB Board with Tuttle being the first since Allan Aves of Kirkland, who was the District 1 Director from 1985 to 1997.

There are 18 farmer directors, a president, a vice president and representation from IFB Young Leaders and the University of Illinois on the board. Tuttle says he plans to learn, watch and listen when he is seated.