meet the blogger
Stu Ellis, formerly with University of Illinois Extension, serves as the Farmgateblog.com blogger and editor. Ellis has been a presence in Illinois agriculture for more than thirty years and he brings an impressive array of credentials to his new position.
Ellis holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications from the U of I. He began his professional career as a broadcast journalist, and was a familiar farm broadcast voice at WSOY radio in Decatur for many years. He served as director of marketing for the American Soybean Association in St. Louis, creating a national demand for soybean ink. At Illinois Farm Bureau he developed its educational program for farmers in such areas as marketing, financial management, contract production, and risk management. In 1998, Ellis began work with U of I Extension in Macon County, serving as the Farm Business and Marketing Educator, when he created USDA's national educational curriculum for risk management. He became the Macon Unit Leader for U of I Extension in 2000 and provided leadership in bringing the Farm Progress Show to a permanent biennial site at Decatur. Ellis served as the U of I liaison to the Farm Progress Show, managing the University's presence at the event, and working with other community leaders in the development of Progress City. Ellis served as the blogger for the farm gate blog for 5 years for the University of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, the predecessor to the Farmgateblog.com.
Ellis was raised on an Illinois grain and livestock farm and is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. He is a Past President of the Illinois Farm News Association and Decatur Rotary Club, Past President of the Illinois Extension Agricultural Association, and a former advisory member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters.