Leading new legacies in Illinois agriculture
Illinois 20 Under 40 Farmers
Leading New Legacies

From a corn farmer in Clinton to a dairy farmer in Decatur, there was no shortage of variety among our 2022 winners. They’re upholding traditions, starting their own and helping their neighbors out along the way. Young farmers of all specialties are our future, and no state’s future in agriculture is brighter than that of Illinois. We’re proud to champion our own.

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ANDREW BOWMAN
ONEIDA, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS AND POPCORN


ANDY LENKAITIS
ST. CHARLES, IL
DAIRY, FEED CROPS AND COVER CROPS


SARAH LENKAITIS
ST. CHARLES, IL
DAIRY, FEED CROPS AND COVER CROPS


AUSTIN B. RINCKER
MOWEAQUA, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, HAY AND ANGUS CATTLE


BLAKE LUCKETT
RIDGWAY, IL
CORN AND SOYBEANS


BLANE OLSON
Elkhart, IL
Corn, soybeans, purebred show pigs, and commercial pigs


BRANDON WALTER
HARVARD, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, STEERS, DAIRY, ALFALFA, WHEAT AND RYE


CAMERON MCCLURE
LAWRENCEVILLE, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, HOGS, CATTLE AND WHEAT


CHAD BELL
VIOLA, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT AND PIGS


DALLAS GLAZIK
PAXTON, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, OATS AND OTHER VARIOUS SMALL GRAINS


DAVID MURPHY
TISKILWA, IL
CORN AND SOYBEANS


DREW DESUTTER
NEW WINDSOR, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS, COW/CALF, GRASS HAY AND COVER CROPS


KENNETH MENTZER
ASSUMPTION, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS AND WHEAT


KATHRYN MENTZER
ASSUMPTION, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS AND WHEAT


MATT RUSH
FAIRFIELD, IL
Corn, soybeans, wheat, and feeder cattle


MATTHEW HULSIZER
GALESBURG, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS AND POPCORN


MICHAEL D. NELSON
PAXTON, IL
CORN AND SOYBEANS


MICHAEL GANSCHOW
WALNUT, IL
CORN AND SOYBEANS


SARAH M. TWEET LANDERS
MENDOTA, IL
CORN, SOYBEANS AND BEEF CATTLE


TYLER SCHLEICH
MONMOUTH, IL
CATTLE