List of Interviewees

Age Interviewsort icon County
Parris Brewer 40s Male 2000s Cook Marketing Coordinator for Growing Home, Chicago
Roy Harrington 80s Male 2000s Rock Island Retired mechanical engineer for John Deere & Company
Brian Holst 40s Male 2000s Rock Island Manager of the John Deere Collectors Center
Neil Dahlstrom 30s Male 2000s Rock Island Author of The John Deere Story (2005)
Michael Johnson 50s Male 2000s Carroll Tree farmer and professional landscape photographer
Patricia Johnson 60s Female 2000s Carroll Manages tree farm and high-grade lumber business
Stephen Black 60s Male 2000s Greene Operates a 5th-generation Sesquicentennial Farm
Chris Eckert 30s Male 2000s St. Clair President of Eckert's Orchards, Inc.
Dr. Peter Goldsmith 40s Male 2000s Champaign NSRC Soybean marketing
Michael Scully 80s Male 2000s Sangamon Applied principles of biodynamics and organic farming
Dr. LeRoy Biehl 90s Male 2000s Champaign Emeritus Professor; Swine Extension veterinarian
Paul Gebhart 50s Male 2000s Christian Organic chickens, turkeys, and cattle
Russ Jeckel 80s Male 2000s Tazewell Pork producer who pioneered hog confinement
Jay Johnson 40s Male 2000s Morgan Organized large-scale train shipments of corn to Texas
Robert Wieneke 40s Male 2000s Calhoun Produces peaches, wine and small grains
Mike Latting 50s Male 2000s Kankakee African-American farmer and rodeo operator
John Thurman 40s Male 2000s Kankakee African-American farmer in economically challenged area
Ida Thurman 40s Female 2000s Kankakee African-American farmer in economically challenged area
Jose Martinez 40s Male 2000s St. Clair Mexican migrant worker at Eckert's Orchards
Martin Mauricio 30s Male 2000s St. Clair Manager of migrant workers at Eckert's Orchards
Doug Parrett 50s Male 2000s Champaign Professor of Animal Sciences at UIUC
Charles Hartke 60s Male 2000s Effingham Former Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture
Dr. Linda Kull 50s Female 2000s Champaign Coordinator of soybean production resesarch for NSRC
Dr. Edward Runge 70s Male 2000s Fayette Senior Advisor for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Texas A&M University
Myles Harston 50s Male 2000s Livingston AquaRanch Industries: Tilapia fish and hydroponic crops
Matthew Hughes 40s Male 2000s Jefferson Corn and soybean farmer in a productive county
Dr. Marilyn Nash 50s Female 2000s Champaign NSRC Soy products
Janet Roney 60s Female 2000s Moultrie Daughter of Charles Shuman (Pres. Amer. Farm Bureau)
David Seibert 60s Male 2000s Sangamon Extension livestock specialist
Fred Baumberger 80s Male 2000s Bond World War II veteran who farmed and raised Standardbred horses
Philip Bradshaw 60s Male 2000s Pike Grain and livestock farmer active in pork organization
Roger Brown 60s Male 2000s Livingston Farmer and past President of Illinois Pork Producers
Philip Nelson 50s Male 2000s McLean President of the Illinois Farm Bureau
Paul Shuman 70s Male 2000s Moultrie Former IFB Board member; Son of Charles Shuman
Harold Steele 80s Male 2000s Bureau Former president of Illinois Farm Bureau
Karl Weingartner 60s Male 2000s Champaign NSRC Soybean processing
Orion Samuelson 70s Male 2000s Cook Host of National Farm Report, WGN Radio, Chicago
Rick Collins 30s Male 2000s Mercer Restores historic barns using sustainable practices
Scott Jeckel 40s Male 2000s Tazewell Pork Manager for Jeckel hog confinement operation of 18,000 hogs on 1,500 acres