Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 11, 2014

Lake Land celebrates agriculture students at banquet

Lake Land College recently honored students in its agricultural programs at the 43rd Annual Agriculture Banquet.

More than 650 people filled the Lake Land College Field House for the banquet, which honored outstanding agriculture students and alumni.

“I am very proud of our faculty, staff, retired faculty and students because without their hard work and success, the agriculture programs at Lake Land College would not be what they are,” said Jon Althaus, agriculture division chair, as he welcomed families and friends of the agriculture students.

Throughout the evening, various groups were recognized for their outstanding efforts including: the Agriculture Transfer Club, the Agriculture Business Club, the Horticulture Club, student leaders in the agriculture division, the Livestock Judging Team and members of the Post-Secondary Agriculture Students group.

The 2014 Honored Alumnus Award went to Troy Uphoff of Findlay. Uphoff is a sixth generation farmer. With his parents, Tony and Deanna Uphoff, he operates Uphoff Farms, Inc., a grain and livestock farm. A 1995 graduate of Lake Land College in agriculture production and management, Uphoff went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Illinois State University in 1997. Since that time, he has served the agriculture community as a director on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board, where he sat on the Gardner Chair Policy Advisory Committee and on the board of Country Financial. A graduate of the Illinois Ag Leadership Program, Uphoff currently serves as chair on Congressman John Shimkus’s Agriculture Advisory Committee. He has also been recognized as a finalist in the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Achievement Award and Discussion Meet competitions. A long-standing supporter of the Illinois’ pork industry, Uphoff was recognized as Shelby County’s Pork Producer of the Year.

According to Althaus, Uphoff is an outstanding example for Lake Land students.

“Troy represents to all students that hard work, dedication and a willingness to share time and energy can allow you to accomplish great things at a young age,” said Althaus. “The faculty felt that Troy’s tremendous involvement in state-wide organizations distinguished him in the field and we are happy to honor him as the 2014 honored alumnus.”

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