Leeson Gord, a 7th generation farmer from Sandwich, was newly elected to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was seated at the annual meeting of the organization held Feb. 24.
“It’s important to be involved and be willing to serve,” said Leeson. “I hope to be an advocate for farmers and align with Farm Bureau as our voice for agriculture.” He is one of 17 farmer directors serving on the board.
Leeson, 36, farms with his father, James, growing corn and soybeans from Sandwich to Leland.
He is a graduate of Iowa State University where he earned a double major in agronomy/agricultural studies and international agriculture. Leeson also is a graduate of Farm Bureau’s Ag Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program.
The young farmer serves as a drainage commissioner for Victor and Adams Drainage Districts.
Retiring from the Farm Bureau Board is Wes Anderson, Waterman grain and livestock farmer. Wes served on the board of directors for 20 years.
“We appreciate the commitment that Wes made as a director for the last two decades,” said Mark Tuttle, Farm Bureau president. “And we look forward to having Leeson on the Farm Bureau Board.”
Mark provided a summation of the Farm Bureau year at the annual meeting. “We’re in good hands and our organization is strong.”
He lauded the county’s accomplishments in 2019, in particular being an “information outlet” for farmers who had a troublesome crop year – through meetings, the monthly magazine, media, and social media.
“It’s important to be involved and be willing to serve. I hope to be an advocate for farmers and align with Farm Bureau as our voice for agriculture.” -Leeson Gord