Leaders in DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Posted: April 29, 2019

Meet the 2019 Farm Bureau leadership team.

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently elected officers of the Farm Bureau Executive Committee.

Serving in Farm Bureau leadership are: President Mark Tuttle, Vice President Phil Montgomery, Secretary Roy Plote, and Treasurer Steve Drendel.

Here’s a brief profile of the leadership team highlighting their Farm Bureau and farming roles.

Mark Tuttle – This is Mark Tuttle’s eighth year as president of the county Farm Bureau. He represents the county Farm Bureau at local, state and national meetings and has served in various leadership capacities. He is the 15th president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and is in his 18th year as a director of the organization.

The fourth generation Somonauk farmer raises corn, soybeans, wheat, sweet corn, and peas. He also has a trucking business.

Mark has three adult daughters and two sons, Katherine, Elaine, Paula, Nelsen and Eric.

(From left) Farm Bureau’s Executive Committee – Steve Drendel, treasurer; Phil Montgomery, vice president; Mark Tuttle, president; and Roy Plote, secretary.

Phil Montgomery – Elected as Farm Bureau’s new vice president is Phil Montgomery. Phil has been a Farm Bureau director for 13 years.

A Kirkland farmer, Phil also works for COUNTRY Financial as a crop adjustor in northern Illinois, and custom applies manure for Boehne Farms.

He and his wife, Amanda, reside in rural Kirkland.

Roy Plote – Serving his 10th year as secretary, Roy Plote has been a member of the Executive Committee for as many years. He has been a Farm Bureau director for 17 years.

Roy and his brother, Lester, farm in rural Leland. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and also raise beef cattle as sixth generation farmers. Roy also is a commodity broker.

He and his wife, Janet, have two sons, Ethan and Avery.

Steve Drendel – This is Steve Drendel’s 11th year serving as Farm Bureau’s treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He has been a Farm Bureau director for 19 years.

The Shabbona grain farmer raises corn and soybeans and is a sixth generation family farmer. Steve also has a farm drainage tile business.

He and his wife, Vickie, have four adult children, David, Megan, Kate and Kevin.