Allied Industry Rep.
Alan is a project manager for Automated Production and is also a second generation farmer where he manages 120 acres. This is his first year on the IPPA board and will be serving on the Expo, Marketing, Production Technology/Research committees.
Although this is his first year on the board, Alan is no stranger to IPPA. He has been involved in the Pork Patio at the Illinois State Fair, Illinois Products Expo, and Legislative Day.
He and his wife, Christy of 27 years, have two children, Christopher Howse (a family practice doctor in Clinton, IL for OSF Healthcare) and Rachel Hays (elementary teacher at Central A & M Schools), and three grandchildren, Avery (3 1/2), Olivia (3 1/2), and Logan (1).
In addition to his IPPA activities he is very involved locally. He has served on the Assumption city council for 16 years (8 as an Alderman and 8 as Mayor), worked with economic development to attract business and keep existing businesses, a past member of the local Masonic Lodge, and coached a high school softball team for 6 years.
Being part of IPPA has helped him to connect with producers throughout the state and learn about the issues that face the industry.
If he could give advice to someone looking into livestock it would be to make sure your expectations are being met and investigate all the different options. Livestock is a good fit for grain farmers that are trying to bring the next generation back to the farm.