Bill Leigh of Minonk, Illinois, serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.
Leigh is a sixth-generation farmer who grows corn and soybeans in north-central Illinois with his son, Christopher, along with his brother and nephew on their family farm of over 150 years. He uses precision farming techniques across his operation and has adopted sustainable practices such as a ryegrass cover crop ahead of soybeans. He also participates in the Precision Conservation Management program.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, James, an engineer, and Christopher, who returned to the farm from service in the U.S. military.
At the national level, Leigh has chaired the Risk Management and Transportation Action Team and has served on the Ethanol Action Team. Previously, he served on NCGA’s COVID task force and participated in Corn Vision 2020.
At the state level, Leigh is a past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, where he chaired industrial, export and grassroots committees. He was elected to the Illinois Corn Marketing Board in 2023.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.