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Brian and Jen Sturtevant

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Brian and Jen Sturtevant

Lanark, IL

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I never thought I'd marry a farmer

While I grew up on a farm, I swore that I wasn't going to marry a farmer. But, guess what? I followed my heart right back to the life I loved as a child. When Brian and I were married in 1997, we started farming with his dad and brother. From helping my mother-in-law with the book work to working with the piglets, farming is a chosen lifestyle for our family.

A place many generations have called home

We're a fifth-generation Illinois farm family. Currently, three generations work together at Sturtevant Hog Farms in Carroll County. Our sons, Bryson and Jaxson – the youngest generation – love to help on the farm

We are a wean-to-finish hog farm, which means we raise young piglets that come to our farm when they are about 3 weeks old. Each year we raise 65,000 hogs. We also grow corn, soybeans and wheat on 3,150 acres. It's a good combination for us because we can use manure from the pigs as fertilizer for our crops.

One part of our land has belonged to the Sturtevants for 150 years! This ground has seen the desperation of the Great Depression and was once planted with three-horse hitch teams. Now, it's farmed using huge four-wheel tractors and equipment. 

It's nice to be CEO of a business you love

We work very hard to provide the best product available to consumers. Our goal is to raise pork and crops that are healthy, nutritious and most importantly, safe.

About my family

We farm in Carroll County in northwest Illinois, about 30 miles from the Mississippi River. We grain farm with Brian's dad, brother, uncle and two cousins, and also raise 65,000 hogs each year. We have two sons: Bryson and Jaxson.