“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin Roosevelt
Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) works to build knowledgeable, effective leaders for agricultural industry – leaders who will confront the most urgent and pressing issues of global and local food security and sustainability.
In 1981, it was recognized that there was a growing need for leadership development in agriculture. Illinois ranks as one of the nation’s leading agricultural production states. While, many emerging leaders had the skills to grow and process food, there was a need for training in other aspects of agribusiness. In 1981 the IALF was established with the goal of preparing agricultural professionals to be successful leaders in ag.
The IALF is a non-profit (501 c 3) educational corporation under Illinois law. Funds raised support our mission to develop knowledgeable and effective leaders to become policy and decision makers for the agricultural industry.
The IALF is overseen by a 15-member board of directors who are engaged in directing the Foundation’s curriculum and business activities. Meet our board HERE. An annual audit is conducted to ensure the integrity of expenditures