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Heil receives agribusiness honor


PC Coop general manager Mark Heil, left, at the dedication of the new Chenoa elevator in 2018.

The general manager of Chenoa-based Prairie Central Cooperative has received the Outstanding Person in Agribusiness Award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.


Mark Heil received the honor during Thursday night’s award ceremony in Bloomington. This award recognizes a businessperson who has served to improve agriculture through civic and community activities.


The Emerging Leader in Agriculture award went to Jenny Webb of Illinois Farm Bureau. This recognizes a young professional, high school or college student engaged in non-production agriculture who has served to improve ag through civic and community activities.


Jim Spradlin, retired former CEO of GROWMARK, received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award, which recognizes an individual from the McLean County area for contributions to the cause of agriculture in our community.


Carl Neubauer, owner and operator of Carl Neubauer Farms, was the recipient of the McLean County Farmer of the Year. This award honors a farmer who has been actively involved in civic and community affairs in an effort to promote and improve agriculture.


The Outstanding Young Farmer Award was given to Jason Kieser, McLean County Farm Bureau. This is for a young farmer 40 and under who has been actively involved in civic and community affairs in an effort to promote and improve agriculture.


Eric and Jenny Mennenga, owners and operators of Dolly Farms, received the Outstanding Conservationist Award which recognizes someone who has helped to advance the knowledge and practice of soil and water conservation.

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