Bill Raben is a fourth-generation family farmer who lives and farms in Ridgway, Illinois. Ridgway is located in the deep, southeastern part of the state close to the Ohio River. Bill grows soybeans and corn with his brother on their 6,000-acre operation.
Raben was elected to the Illinois Soybean Association in 2010. He served as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chairman and as Chairman for two years before completing his 6-year term in 2016.
He has served on the American Soybean Board since 2017. He serves on the SoyPAC committee and the Conservation, Aquaculture and Precision Agriculture Advocacy Team. Raben graduated from SIU Carbondale with a degree in science in Agronomy and Agriculture Education. He taught junior high and high school before returning to farming full time in 1974. Raben served 24 years on the Wabash Valley Service Cooperative, including terms as secretary and vice president. He also served four years on the Growmark Board.
Raben has been involved in many leadership-building programs, including the Illinois Farm Bureau ALOT program, ASA and Syngenta Leadership at its Best, the Soybean Leadership College, The Gettyburg Leadership Experience, and the Soybean Leadership Forum.
Raben received Southern Illinois in Carbondale’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2013. He also received the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Award in 2016.
He and his wife Brenda have three grown children and four grandchildren.
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