soybeans • corn • wheat • cattle
Farming is my past, present and future
The freedom of it all
Each year and each day brings a different challenge. I really value that in my work. Being my own boss gives me a lot of freedom to make choices that I think are best for my farm, my family, my animals and the environment around me.
Caring for the land
I believe that the most important part of my job is to take care of the land. The land is my main resource; I literally grow my crops and livestock from the ground up. No matter what I do as a farmer, I can only be as successful as the land allows me to be, so I make it a priority to take good care of our soil.
A farmer’s responsibility
In today’s world, where we have almost instant access to information, we need to be aware that everything we read or hear isn’t necessarily true. When it comes to food, I want you to form your own opinion about what’s best for your family, but I want you to do so with the real information. That’s why being a farmer today means more than just growing food -- it also means doing our best to share what we do with the people who are curious about it.
About my familyI farm with my family in northern Illinois. Together we grow corn, soybeans, wheat and a small herd of beef cattle. My wife, Elizabeth, and I live near the farm with our son Owen.
My Blog Posts
|Field Test: Conventional Farmer Tries Organic|
|Field Test: Organic or Conventional – farmland needs a blanket|
|Healthy Soil, Healthy Crop|
|Tornado Aftermath for Illinois Farmers|
"For our farm, at this moment in time, it’s organic and conventional."
GIVING ORGANIC A CHANCE
What we do every day isn’t any different than what our great-great-grandparents did: grow a healthy crop to feed our family and yours. But how we do it has changed dramatically. That’s because we are always using the best tools and information we have to improve the crops we grow and lessen the impact that we have on the environment.
- The crops in these fields are non-GMO.
- Only naturally derived pesticides can be applied to help control bugs, disease and weeds.
- These crops require more labor, tillage (turning over the soil) and different types of fertilizer – making them more expensive
to grow. However …
- Farmers receive a premium for these crops to make up for the higher cost of growing them.