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Dwight farmer earns Illinois Corn Growers Association top award

Published: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 8:26 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 6:50 a.m. CST

Bloomington, IL – Art Bunting of Dwight is the recipient of the Illinois Corn Growers Association’s (ICGA) top award presented at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 22, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. 

The World of Corn Award goes to individuals, organizations or businesses for making significant contributions to the corn industry. The special award, now in its 26th year, was created to recognize the global importance of corn, and specifically honor individual pacesetters that have made Illinois a leader in the corn industry.

“Art Bunting has been an amazing leader in our association with a commitment that has never faltered. He is still one of the farmers we can call anytime with a need or a request and he’s happy to help the association in any way he can,” said Jeff Jarboe, family farmer and ICGA President.

Art joined the ICGA Board of Directors in 1999 and served as ICGA President in 2007-2008. He has also served the association as a part of our barge tours and river infrastructure efforts, NCGA Action Teams, and most recently, the Zea Mays Board of Directors. Zea Mays is an agricultural foundation that works closely with IL Corn.

Among his many accomplishments, Art also served as the model in a “Fight Back” campaign, where he dressed as a professional boxer and participated in a photoshoot to engage farmers in fighting for their industry. To say that IL Corn has been appreciative of his commitment to the industry and willingness to do just about anything would be an understatement.

“The example Art provides to other farmer leaders is outstanding. That all farmers would be so willing to help and so excited to share our time, energy and resources to benefit all Illinois corn farmers,” said Jarboe.

Art and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters and so many other friends and family that they claim as their own. They reside in Dwight, Illinois on the family farm.

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