FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: #PLANT17

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The #plant17 season is underway in Illinois. While some farmers to the south of our office might be well into a week or more of planting, some farmers have just finished working ground (pictured here) and are starting the planting process. Either way, the Heartland’s farmers are ready and rolling.

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MEET A FARMER: KENT KLEINSCHMIDT

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Today our farmer to meet is Emden farmer Kent Kleinschmidt. Kleinschmidt previously served as the District 8 Director for the Illinois Corn Growers Association and later the District 8 Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. He also served as ICGA President and as ICMB Chairman.   Kleinschmidt sustained for three decades the farm that his grandfather began, which gave him the opportunity to pass the legacy on to his son. More than that, he is a steward of other farmers, the environment, and to those in his community.

 

Kleinschmidt recently received the prestigious and well-deserved honor of being named Master Farmer. Read the original article from Prairie Farmer magazine here.

Learn more about Kent and the methods he uses on his farm that have garnered him recognition and respect among the agriculture community.  Click the Conservation Story Map below to explore what he and other farmers do to promote nutrient loss.

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MEET A FARMER: ROGER SY

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Today our farmer to meet is Newman farmer Roger Sy. He is a 5th generation farmer and serves as the District 12 Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and serves as Secretary on the board. Sy has used conservation methods for over 3 decades. Some of the methods he currently uses are no-till planting and designated buffer strips. He also has taken interest in protecting pollinator habitats. Click the Conservation Story Map below to see what he does on his family farm.

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MEET A FARMER: DIRK RICE

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Today our farmer to meet is Philo farmer Dirk Rice. Rice is a 5th generation farmer and serves as the District 6 Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and serves that Industrial Committee Chairman. Rice started farming in 1985 and continues to take care of the land his great-great-grandfather purchased in 1883. with his brother. Rice practices soil conservation, no-till farming, and cover crop planting. Click the Conservation Story Map below to see what he does on his family farm.

 

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MEET A FARMER: BILL LEIGH

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Today our farmer to meet is Minonk farmer Bill Leigh. Leigh currently serves as the District 4 Director for the Illinois Corn Growers Association and is the Exports Committee Chairman. Leigh operates his family’s 150+-year-old farm with his brother. Leigh is an advocate of water testing and has been a dedicated practitioner of best management practices. Click the Conservation Story Map below to see what he does on his family farm.

 

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MEET A FARMER: PAT DUMOULIN

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Today our farmer to meet is Hampshire farmer Pat Dumoulin. Dumoulin currently serves as the District 1 Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. covering Boone, Cook, Dekalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Pat practices conservation in many ways, including her compost operation that repurposes city yard waste and uses hog manure to become mulch and compost that can then be sold back to urban areas. Click the Conservation Story Map below to see what he does on his family farm.

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