Bauman Family Farms
Meet Grant and Casey Bauman from Vienna, IL. Read their story to learn about their grazing operation and their close relationship with conservation.
Burnt Hill Cattle Company
Meet Logan and Jessica Karcher from Dahlgren, IL. Learn from them how grazing different and diverse species can be successful.
Patty Winheim bought a farm in Johnson County five years ago. Patty grazes six horses—five of which she raised since birth—and calls them her children.
Judy & Steve Hoepker
Judy and Steve Hoepker had a business and day jobs running a trucking company. Judy’s daughter Morgan was interested in knitting and grew fond of working with alpaca yarn. Because finding the yarn to purchase was difficult, they toyed with the idea of generating their own alpaca yarn.
Main Street Pastures
Meet Jill and Chad Vonder Haar from St. Rose, IL. Their operation is sustainable and profitable and meets community needs.
Root and Sky Farms
Meet Josh and Tiffany Kriner from Marengo, IL. They transformed depleted cropland into a grazing oasis that meets everyone's needs.
Tri-Point Ranch and "Graized"
Meet three young farmers from Moweaqua, IL who put their skills and passions together to create an impressive livestock operation.
Wanda Family Farm
Meet Joe and Hannah Wanda from Harvard, IL. Farming so close to Chicago, their grass-fed options are in high demand and their soils are protected and healthy.
Perry Hottes of Waltonville, Illinois spends five days a week working second shift, where he stands on a concrete floor at the Continental Tire Manufacturing Plant. But he spends every morning and his at-home “weekends” in a completely different environment.
Jeff decided he wanted to become a first-generation farmer and decided to get into livestock himself. He wanted to do Longhorns, but he was in it for the MEAT.
Doug Hanson farms nearly 1,000 acres in Iroquois County, Illinois. He also grazes a 65-head of beef cattle on 76 acres using a rotational system planted to grass, forage, and cover crops of summer and winter annuals.
In 1946 Jim Burrus’ father, Loren, owned 191 acres in Morgan County. The farm and homestead, located just north of Jacksonville, Illinois had corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock—cows, hogs, and chickens—typical for family farms back then.