Ryan Rieker , 2016 Outstanding Ag Alumnus Award Recipient
Ryan Rieker was born and raised in Kewanee. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1998. He resides in the Kewanee area with his wife, Jami, and their four children. Ryan attended the East Campus from 1998-2000 and graduated with an Ag Production degree.
He chose Black Hawk College because it was local, reasonably priced, and had the Agriculture Program that he wanted to pursue. He also grew up with the judging team coming to his family’s farm to judge cattle, and it made him very eager to attend BHC and participate on the judging team.
After graduation, he was employed by Knoblock Grain and drove a semi for 11 years while farming just a few acres. In 2011, he “retired” and became a full-time farmer and now farms 1,000 acres by himself, runs 50 Black Angus cattle of his own, and manages 30 head for others.
Ryan has a passion for farming and cattle and couldn’t enjoy life more than raising his children the same way!
The Agri -Business Club Alumni (ABCA) Supports Ag Department
The Agri -Business Club Alumni (ABCA) Board of Directors is honored to contribute financially to the growing Agriculture Department at BHC East Campus. The donations made over the past year include grants to support the Ag Mechanics area and Equine Program. The Ag Mechanics Area received $489 for a Scan Tool, and the Equine Program received $755 for two video cameras. The ABCA is slated to award an additional $5000 from funds raised at the 2014 ABCA Annual Banquet to be used for Agricultural faculty mini grants this fall.
Help find lost alumni
Try as we might, it is an enormous task to keep updated addresses for the hundreds of BHE ag graduates. You, as fellow alumni, are our best resource when it comes to tracking down current addresses (and sometimes name changes) for your classmates and friends. If you know the current address of anyone on this list, please e-mail it to: email@example.com. We would like to communicate Ag Alumni activities to them.
ABC funds help support student learning and needs on East Campus
FY 2014 the Agri-Business Club Alumni board of directors approved funding for the following projects and initiatives:
- Scan Tool (Jason Grice/Auto Mech)
- 2 Video Cameras (Donna Irvin/Equine)
FY 2013 the Agri-Business Club Alumni board of directors approved funding for the following projects and initiatives:
- Ag Alumni Mugs (recruiting)
- FFA Convention Items (recruiting)
FY 2012 the Agri-Business Club Alumni board of directors approved funding for the following projects and initiatives:
- Farm Progress Show bus
- BHE Invitational
- Equine Fund Raiser
- Ag Plaque
At the September 2011 meeting, the Agri-Business Club Alumni board of directors approved funding for the following projects and initiatives:
- Covering the cost of a bus to take students to the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.
- Donating funds to pay for the band at the equine fundraising Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance and BBQ
- Paying for the awards at the BHE Livestock Judging Contest
At its March 2010 meeting, the Agri-Business Club Alumni board of directors approved funding for the following projects and initiatives:
- Installing wireless Internet access point in the Ag Arena to enable students and instructors to access online resources and materials
- Purchasing new projection unit for Room 2-107, a computer lab used by ag faculty
- Purchasing a piano key for the college’s new piano in an effort to support a college-wide initiative
- Providing an annual donation to the Illinois FFA Foundation
Thank you for your past help and support.
For questions or to submit news and information, please contact the Ag Alumni Mailbox.
Last updated 1/19/2016