Yesterday, at the Annual Meeting of the Livingston County Corn Growers Association, Rodney Weinzierl received the Distinguished Service Award.
The award is given annually to someone in the agricultural community that has made significant contributions to the agricultural community, specifically the corn industry.
“Rod Weinzierl certainly deserves this award. He has lead the Illinois Corn Growers Association for many years, keeping IL corn at the forefront of so many issues and bringing significant benefit back to corn farmers in Illinois,” said Livingston County Corn Grower Association President Kent Blunier.
Rodney Weinzierl was named executive director of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Corn Growers Association in June of 1993. He was chosen because of his past experience in the market development area, his expertise in the technical aspects of ethanol fuel, and his familiarity with the corn farmer issues.
As executive director, Weinzierl is responsible for administering the market development, education and research programs for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and coordinating the membership, legislative and public relations programs for the Illinois Corn Growers Association.
Weinzierl first joined the ICMB/ICGA as market development director in 1988 and served in that capacity until his appointment as executive director. Prior to coming to the Illinois Corn Marketing Board he spent five years with the Cooperative Extension Service as the Agricultural Adviser of Tazewell County here in Illinois.
Weinzierl received Bachelors of Science degrees from Illinois State University in Agricultural Sciences and Production. He currently resides in the rural Stanford, Illinois area with his wife Kathy and three daughters Gracie, Hannah and Claire.