Frels awarded Illinois Farm Bureau Award for Excellence
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[December 12, 2013]
CHICAGO — Mark Frels, of
Bloomington, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Illinois Farm
Bureau Eagle Award for Excellence. The award was presented during
the Illinois Agricultural Association's annual meeting Dec. 7-10 in
Frels, who recently retired from the Illinois Farm Bureau after
more than 35 years, most recently served as head of the Member
Services and Public Relations division and was a member of IFB's
management team. He began his career with IFB in 1977 as a
county Farm Bureau manager trainee. He also served as the Knox
County Farm Bureau manager and as a regional manager.
his tenure as a division head at IFB, membership in the
organization grew from 264,000 to more than 400,000. Frels also
oversaw expansion of the Illinois Ag in the Classroom program,
member benefit programs and significant expansion of the youth
education activities programs.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including the
Knox County Meritorious Service to Agriculture Award, the
Illinois Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumni Award and
Honorary State FFA Degree.
Frels and his wife, Ann, live in Bloomington and have plans
to move back to Rock Island County, where his family farms.
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The IFB Eagle Award for Excellence recognizes individuals or
organizations for excellence on issues or programs important to Farm
Bureau and to agriculture on a statewide or national basis.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of
the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of
farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a nonprofit,
membership organization directed by farmers who join through their
county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 400,000,
a voting membership of more than 82,000 and represents 3 out of 4