Stu Ellis has been a well-known agricultural communicator in Illinois for 50 years. Beginning as the farm broadcaster at WSOY in Decatur, Stu expanded his service to Cornbelt farmers through radio, television, newspapers, newsletters, and the Internet. He has recently joined WCIA 3 in Champaign, providing morning agricultural programming to viewers of WCIA 3 and WCIX 49 in Springfield.
He was raised on a Christian County farm near Taylorville, and received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois in Communications. His voice and information about agriculture have been heard on many Illinois radio stations, including reports about agricultural from six continents. Stu has expanded his service to agriculture through video reports on a wide range of issues from various locations.
As Director of Marketing for the American Soybean Association, Stu was responsible for launching soybean ink into national use by thousands of newspapers and commercial printers. He was hired by Illinois Farm Bureau to create an educational curriculum for farmers on marketing, financial management, and risk management and conducted seminars throughout Illinois and other states. He was then hired by University of Illinois Extension to teach farm management and marketing and wrote USDA’s risk management education curriculum. As the Macon County Extension Agent, he was instrumental in the development of Progress City and bringing the Farm Progress Show to its all-weather home at Decatur.
Stu is a graduate of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Program, and served as president of the Decatur Rotary Club, the Illinois Agricultural Extension Association, the Illinois Farm News Association, and served as an advisory member to the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Throughout his life he has been a dedicated agricultural communicator and has written a weekly column for the Decatur Herald and Review for 20 years and has published a weekly newsletter for farmers for 22 years. He has been a frequent speaker on a multitude of agricultural topics in many communities.