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Crescent City, IL
Farmer, Dad, Environmentalist
Two of my top priorities are sustainability and food safety. I shop at the same grocery stores and make the same food decisions as every other consumer out there, and I want my family to be healthy and happy both short and long term. As a farmer, the land is like a part of my family – we nurture and care for it so that it can continue to provide for generations to come. I work with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service to learn how I can best protect plants, water and wildlife. Over the last few years, I have reduced tillage, started using precision technology and planted cover crops on my farm.
Becoming a Farmer
I learned most of what I know about farming from my dad. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to farm as a career or not, that was until he rented me 160 acres
in 2010. I had helped him on the farm since I was a little boy, but after taking the leap and farming some of my own acres, I was hooked. I found more
acres of my own and left my job as a firefighter to farm full-time three years later. I love being my own boss and knowing that my success depends on the decisions I make and the work of my own hands.
Lending a Hand
It’s important to me to be involved in my community. A lot of rural services and institutions depend on volunteers. I believe that it is my duty as a rural resident to lend a hand, so I am active with the local volunteer fire department, my church and the local drainage district.
About my familyI am the fifth generation to live on our farm near Crescent City, IL with my wife Tari and our children Owen and Cora.
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