Wendell Shauman, a former Illinois Corn Marketing Board Chairman, was honored recently by the Illinois Farm Bureau as a recipient of the Eagle Award in recognition of his excellence on issue important to agriculture in Illinois. Shauman, from Kirkwood, Ill., is a full-time farmer. Previously, Shauman worked as a corn breeder for Funk Seeds International and managed the Midwest territory.
In addition to his years of service as Chairman and Director on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Shauman has served as District 8 Director on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board, as well as on the Illinois Soybean Association Board, and the the Warren County Farm Bureau Board. Shauman also served on the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Variety Protection Board, National Corn Growers Association Research Committee and was Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council.
Shauman has been recognized by Sigma Xi, a national science honorary organization, has been named a Prairie Farmer Master Farmer and has been featured as an alumnus in agriculture in the Monmouth College alumni magazine.
Shauman graduated from Monmouth College and earned both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife, Janet, have three children and six grandchildren.