Bloomington, IL – The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s 2016 Excellence in Media Award was given to Stu Ellis, S2LS Ag Communications, at the ICGA Annual Meeting today at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The award is given each year to a member of the media who promotes Illinois agriculture and specifically, Illinois corn and corn farmers, through their media coverage.
“It makes me happy to recognize a fixture in our ag industry with this media award,” said Jeff Jarboe, ICGA President and Loda, IL farmer. “Stu has had many homes since his first career as a farm broadcaster, but every change and new opportunity only brings more value for IL farmers.”
Currently, Ellis provides daily radio programs in Clinton and Taylorville, a daily television program on WAND Decatur, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Decatur Herald and Review. For more than 18 years, he has written CornBelt Update, a weekly newsletter on farm management and marketing with a wide subscriber list – even into Texas.
Most recently, Ellis has embarked on an additional career in video production and editing, producing videos for commercial agricultural clients and video features for farmers to put on their websites and Facebook pages.
Over the years, Ellis has been a farm broadcaster, marketing director for the American Soybean Association, education director for Illinois Farm Bureau, Macon County Extension agent, and was instrumental in building a permanent Farm Progress home in Decatur, IL.
Ellis and his wife Cindy reside in Decatur. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.