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Source: Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers news release

Don McCabe, AFM, Bourbonnais, IL, was named to the Hall of Farm for the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers at the organization's annual meeting held here recently. This is the highest award the Society gives to members of the organization.

In making the presentation, Penny Lauritzen, AFM, CFP, Farm Financial Strategies, Lanark, IL., noted McCabe's long-term efforts in working with agricultural clients for over 40 years and his involvement with other industry organizations. Until recently he was president and manager of Soy Capital Ag Services and now continues to work full time for Soy Capital managing some accounts.

McCabe was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Livingston County and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and communication (1969) and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois. He received his designation as an Accredited Farm Manager from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1975.

His professional work has included farm management, property and business appraisal and consulting, real estate brokerage, commercial and ag lending, and financial and bank management. In his years as a member of the ISPFMRA he served on and chaired committees on membership development, marketing and advertising, continuing education and commercial sponsorship.

He also worked his way through the ISPFMRA leadership chairs from 2002 through 2005 serving as president in 2004. He worked on the Illinois Farmland Values Conference for many years and chaired that project from 2008 through 2012.

From an industry perspective, McCabe has served on advisory boards and councils for many national agricultural fertilizer, pesticide and seed companies, agricultural marketing publications, and for state and national banking associations. He chaired the Illinois Banker's Association's Agricultural Lending School for a number of years.

Upon receiving the award, McCabe said he has enjoyed working with the people, "Our clients and customers, farm operators and those I work with in my company and in this association. I'd particularly like to thank the men and women who I work with at Soy Capital Ag Services, and have over the years."

"When an agricultural career, like mine, spans many years there have been a lot of 'ups' -- think the 1970s and past few years -- when it seemed everything always went right, and also some 'downs' -- think the 1980s."

The Hall of Fame Award has been given to an ISPFMRA member since 1980 and is designed to honor members for their outstanding service to the profession. Lauritzen was the 2013 recipient of the award.

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