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Source: Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

The members of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers elected Eric Wilkinson, AFM, as president of the organization at the group's annual meeting held here February 16.

Wilkinson is a farm manager and real estate broker with Hertz Farm Management in Kankakee, IL. He will head up a leadership team at the Society that includes: President-Elect Daniel Legner, ARA, 1st Farm Credit Services, Princeton, IL; Vice President Robert H. Woodrow, AFM, Farmland Solutions LLC, Sherman, IL; Secretary/Treasurer Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL; Academic Vice President Maria Boerngen, Ph.D., Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and; Immediate Past President Richard Hiatt, AFM, ARA, Hiatt Enterprises, Pontiac, IL.

Wilkinson grew up on a small grain and livestock farm near Mazon, IL. He is an alumnus of Joliet Junior College and received a bachelors in agricultural business from Iowa State University. He became a member of the organization in 2002 and received his accredited farm manager designation in 2012.

Wilkinson was cited by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers with its Early Career Award after serving as the organization's Young Professional Network representative on the ASFMRA Leadership Council for two years.

He currently manages 60 farms totally over 60,000 acres. He and his wife live in rural Verona.

The ISPFMRA is one of 37 chapters of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The Illinois chapter, founded in 1928, is the oldest and largest state organization of its kind in the United States. Members are professionals devoted to the management and appraisal of rural property and agricultural consulting.

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