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Joe and Emily Webel

cattle • corn • soybeans

Joe and Emily Webel

Farmington, IL

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Tractor cab and training wheels

We are college educated, hard working and happy people. We go to work like everyone else, only our place of business is in a tractor cab or driving down a gravel road. Occasionally, work calls at 3 a.m., but we love what we do and wouldn't trade it for anything. Our gravel road is where the twins will first scrape their knees, chase their four older siblings on their bicycles, and hop in the tractor with dad and grandpa while they work. Farming is more than just a job for us; it's a lifestyle and it's how we want to raise our family.

A move bound to happen

I remember laughing when my grandma told Joe that everywhere in my background was farming. This was before we were married. He was involved in the ag industry, but I thought that moving to the farm was unlikely. We were always certain we'd be involved with agriculture, but now – six children later – we are back working with family. Being a farm kid, Joe wanted to raise our children with the opportunities that farm kids have. From showing cattle to playing in the dirt, our children enjoy rural life, each in his or her own way.

Our farm

We grow corn and soybeans, but what you are most likely to find in the grocery store is our beef. We're proud of the high-quality cattle we raise in a cow-calf setting, caring for calves from the time they're born until they're ready to start grazing. Our grain farm is shared with my dad, uncle, grandpa and their neighbor. Joe also shares ownership of the cattle farm with our neighbor.

Looking out for you

Everything we do with land management is looking to the future. It's our responsibility to treat our ground like we're going to farm it forever. The bountifulness of the land will always be important, and what we do today will affect it for many years to come. 

This responsibility will ultimately reflect positively in the way our kids grow up. It will provide them the opportunity to understand how the world works, grows and can be taken care of. We believe no consumer is more affected by the practices on our farm than our own family. We would never do anything that would jeopardize our family's well-being, the same goes for the general public.

About my family

We farm with Emily's dad, uncle, grandpa and neighbor in central Illinois. We raise corn, soybeans and cattle. Growing up as a farm kid, Joe wanted to raise our six children with the opportunities that only farm kids have, like showing cattle and helping with harvest.

My Blog Posts

Am I Eating Clean and Local, But Just Not Making A Big Deal About It?
Dear County Market,
Growing Souls
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Will GMOs Really Hurt Me?