Charlie Gunn Tribute

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 Adopted February 29, 2016

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Charles L. Gunn was hired by the DeKalb County Agricultural Association August 1, 1917 as a seedman and corn breeder. His first task was to improve the quality of seed available to Illinois farmers. During Charlie Gunn's long career with DEKALB, he and his research staff developed and released over 300 hybrids. Gunn's successful breeding program is responsible for some of the world's early maturing varieties that have pushed the Corn Belt about 200 miles farther north.