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Tami Craig Schilling was a 12-year member of the Wabash Hustlers 4-H Club in Clay County. She served as president, vice president, and secretary of her local club and 4-H Federation president and vice president. Tami's projects included sheep, goats, dairy heifers, arts and crafts, cooking, and public speaking. She is proud of receiving the Regional Citizenship Award, County All-Around Showman, and I Dare You Award.

Tami is a past Illinois 4-H Foundation board member and currently supports 4-H in Washington County, where she resides with her husband, Rodney, and three children. A fifth generation agriculturalist, Tami serves as director of Strategic Communications and Operations at Monsanto. Tami leads a team focused on communications strategy, operations, and organizational development and also directs Monsanto's tour program. Throughout her career, Tami has focused on agricultural conservation, biotech and sustainability efforts, and participated in several product launch teams and seed growth efforts. Starting with Monsanto in 1990, Tami was a sales representative in Michigan, served as a conservation tillage specialist across Illinois and Missouri, was a customer operations manager, seed/traits and chemical area sales manager, and managed U.S. corn, state, and local communications. Most recently she led Monsanto's Corporate and Business Communications team.

Tami graduated with an agricultural communications degree in 1990 from the University of Illinois. She served as a past State FFA officer and has had the opportunity to speak broadly about the importance of agriculture, biotechnology, leadership, and careers in agriculture for many years. She currently serves on the U of I College of ACES Dean's Advisory Council, is a soccer coach, church and school volunteer, and a member of several agricultural industry organizations.