know a standout farmer

2024 Illinois 20 Under 40
Award Winners will be
announced soon!

We’re championing the young farmers who are leading the field.

Every community has them. Those young farmers who operate in a league of their own. They’re raising the bar on the farm and in their community, committed to growing the future of our state and our industry. And they’re just getting started.

We look forward to celebrating the achievement and potential of the outstanding young farmers in this year’s 20 Under 40 class.



The makings of an Illinois 20 under 40 farmer.

Who are we looking for?

We’re recognizing young farmers in Illinois whose achievements in agriculture or the community stand out from their peers—someone going beyond jobs on the farm and surpassing expectations for their age. We’re seeking on-farm influencers and changemakers—those who show tremendous potential to be impactful in Illinois.

They’re agricultural leaders, exceptional community citizens and role models for their generation and the next.


  • Over the age of 18 but under the age of 40 on January 1, 2024
  • Has made an impact in his/her community
  • Shows potential to be a leader in the Illinois ag industry
  • Must actively farm crops and/or livestock in Illinois
  • Was not a 2023 finalist


March 31, 2024

Get to know last year’s winners.

Nominated for their on-farm success, community leadership and tremendous potential, these men and women represent the best of the best in the Illinois farming community.

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