Change in Leadership

Mark Tuttle turned the Farm Bureau gavel over to Steve Bemis on March 29 after having served for nine years as DeKalb County Farm Bureau president.

“I have been honored to be president,” said the outgoing leader. “DeKalb County Farm Bureau is one of the strongest, greatest boards I’ve been a part of.”

The Somonauk farmer has been on the Farm Bureau Board for two decades, since 2001. During that time he served on the Executive Committee and held the offices of secretary, vice president and president. He served as the organization’s 15th president.

While he has retired as a county Farm Bureau director, he continues as president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture for the seventh year.

The primary reason for stepping down as county Farm Bureau president is because Mark currently serves on the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Board of Directors for District 1, representing DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. He was elected to the state board in December 2019.

“DeKalb County Farm Bureau is in good hands with leadership and staff,” said Mark. “My thanks to all of them for their support.” Farm Bureau thanks Mark for his dedication to the organization which helped strengthen Farm Bureau’s role and influence in agriculture.