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Megan Dwyer

cattle • soybeans • corn • alfalfa

Megan Dwyer

Coal Valley, IL

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Farming and Motherhood

I’m a mom trying to balance it all. I want my kids to have endless opportunities and be proud of where they come from. Farming is in my blood and something I don’t take for granted. Being able to farm this land and raise food is a privilege I don’t take lightly. I am always thinking about how the choices I make impact my family and yours.

It’s Something You’re Born With

My husband, Todd, and I both grew up on farms. I truly believe the passion for farming is something you’re born with. My dad used to say I was better at keeping a clean barn than a clean room. I used to take piglets to school to teach my classmates about agriculture, became a pork ambassador in high school, and continue to share my story of agriculture as an adult. It’s important for me to do my part to connect with consumers and tell my story. Too few people have the opportunity to see where their food comes from. Likewise, there are very few people raising our food. We need to share our story.

A Humbling Lifestyle

My dad and grandfather were influential in my success. They never let gender roles define my abilities and supported my endeavors in production agriculture. We believe it’s our responsibility to ensure the farm is left in a condition in which another generation can return to it and be successful. We want to give our children the same opportunities we had to know what hard work and determination can do. Not all days are good ones, but being able to see a planted crop grow and a newborn calf stand, are truly humbling experiences. Very few professions let you see miracles every day.

About my family

I live on the farm where my dad grew up with my husband and our two children, Nathan and Hailey. We actively work with both of our family’s farms in Coal Valley and Geneseo, but Todd and I both have off farm jobs, too. We raise our own cows and our goal is to someday farm full time.

My Blog Posts

Illinois Farmer Q&A: How do you feel when you see misleading food labels at the grocery store?
Illinois Farmer Q&A: How has biotechnology changed your farm?
Illinois Farmer Q&A: What food labels do you think are the most misleading?
Illinois Farmer Q&A: What food labels do you think hold the most significance?
Raising Kids and Cattle – It's all about choices.

RAISING KIDS AND CATTLE – IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES

What do raising kids and cows have in common? Choices – and lots of them. My husband and I have two young children, so the choices around raising them seem never ending. When making these choices, we rely on a variety of resources, including our trusted pediatrician, the experience of family and friends, information from credible sources and good old fashioned parents’ intuition. And when I think about it, the way we raise our kids is a lot like the way we raise our cattle.

The choices start before we buy a cow and continue throughout its life:
  • Which breeds will work best for our farm?
  • How do we keep calves healthy?
  • What kind of housing is best?
  • Do we use hormones to help our animals gain muscle more efficiently?
The choices a farmer has to make when raising cattle are nearly as endless as a parent’s when raising children. The important thing to remember is farmers care deeply about the well-being of their livestock and making responsible choices. The meat we raise not only feeds your family but ours as well.