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BLOOMINGTON — Roger Stoller was named McLean County Farmer of the Year by the McLean County Farm Bureau and McLean County Chamber of Commerce, which also named five other winners Thursday night.

The annual Agriculture Awards dinner was at the Holiday Inn & Suites Bloomington-Airport.

Stoller farms in McLean County with his son and neighbor and makes soil conservation a priority. He is active in the community and in his church.

The award recognizes a farmer who has been actively involved in civic and community affairs in an effort to promote and improve agriculture. 

Bruce Thomas was named Outstanding Conservationist, an award that recognizes knowledge and practice of soil and water conservation. The award is given by the McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District. 

Thomas has been treasurer of Pheasants Forever in McLean County since 1989 and is a member of the Illinois Pheasants Forever Hall of Fame.

Tom King was named Outstanding Young Farmer, an award that recognizes a farmer age 40 or younger who actively promotes and improves agriculture. The award was given by the Ag Council.

King grew up farming in McLean County and continues today at King Farms. He has served on the McLean County Extension board, sits on the Farm Bureau advisory board and supports McLean County Ag In The Classroom.

Kevin Daugherty won the Outstanding Service to Agriculture award, which recognizes contributions to agriculture. Daugherty has been board president of the LeRoy school district, is involved with his church and Habitat for Humanity, and has been involved in Ag In The Classroom for many years.

Rob Williamson was named Outstanding Person in Agribusiness. The award recognizes service to improve agriculture through civic and community activities. Williamson and his family specialize in farm drainage, waterway construction, Conservation Reserve Program establishment and tree transplanting. He donates time, money, and materials to the Heyworth school district.

Eric Vanasdale was named Emerging Leader in Agriculture, an award that recognizes a young professional. high school, or college student engaged in non-production agriculture who improves agriculture through civic and community activities. Vanasdale shares knowledge in the community and through work at Country Financial by teaching drone technology.

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