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Modern Era Interviews

John Ackerman - Modern Era

Survival of small family farms by diversifying and developing niche markets.

Ray Ackerman - Modern Era

Ray recounts family history on the farm. He's now a Highway Engineer.

Yvette Ackerman - Modern Era

Life of a modern farm wife and businesswoman.

Makenna Barker - Modern Era

A twelve year-old tells about her 4-H projects.

Frederick Baumberger - Modern Era

A retired grain and livestock farmer talks about his life on the farm.

Leonard Beetstra - Modern Era

A livestock buyer and seller in northern Illinois.

Norbert Bentele - Modern Era

Life on a small family farm in Missouri during Great Depression

Leroy Biehl - Modern Era

Lifelong veterinarian and professor at the University of Illinois.

Stephen Black - Modern Era

U.S. Department of Agriculture and life on the family farm.

Gene Blade - Modern Era

Growing up on a farm in west-central Illinois during WW II

John Block - Modern Era

Former Secretary of Agriculture for the Reagan Administration.

Philip Bradshaw - Modern Era

A farmer who discusses the future he sees for agriculture

Parris Brewer - Modern Era

He grew up in Chicago and became marketing director for Growing Home

Roger Brown - Modern Era

Always involved in agriculture and especially the family farm

Jim Burrus - Modern Era

As a third generation farmer he has moved to grass-fed Cattle and Chickens

Charles Carey - Modern Era

comes from a long line of Chicago Board of Trade Veterans

Margaret Carter - Modern Era

Discusses her life growing up on the farm during the 1930s

Rick Collins - Modern Era

After attending the University of Illinois he specialized in restoring old houses. Barns are his passion.

Eileen Cunningham - Modern Era

Raised on a farm and became a nurse in WWII.

Lawrence Curtin - Modern Era

Life on a central IL farm during Depression & WW II

Neil Dahlstrom - Modern Era

Archivist for John Deere Company

Manda Davis - Modern Era

A 4-H Advisor for the breed, attending 4-H meetings and helping youth plan and enter livestock contests.

Chris Eckert - Modern Era

Helped transform the family business into a thriving orchard and family entertainment center

Art Ehrat - Modern Era

Central Illinios far who also showed his patented break-away basketball hoop at the Smithsonian

 FFA Officers - Modern Era

Five FFA Officers

Ben File - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and active in his community

Robert Fitzer - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and community leader in implementing new new technology in agriculture

Paul Gebhart - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and pioneer in the organic farming movement

Deanna Glosser - Modern Era

She earned an PhD in Environmental Planning and involved in the Slow Food Movement

Peter Goldsmith - Modern Era

Earned a PhDin Agricultural Economics and became Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Center

Pam Gray - Modern Era

Director of the Illinois State Fair Museum

Ruth Hambleton - Modern Era

A lifetime farm woman

Roy Harrington - Modern Era

Career with John Deere following his service during WWII

Myles Harston - Modern Era

Owner and manager of AquaRanch

Charles Hartke - Modern Era

Following military service, he became a Representative to the Illinois House, where he focused on agricultural issues.

Dianna Hatfield - Modern Era

4-H and FFA member

Jody Heavner - Modern Era

Owner of Pea Ridge Elk Ranch

Lorene Herschberger - Modern Era

Mother of 13 who together with her husband Oba lives on a farm in rural Moultrie County, Illinois

Oba Herschberger - Modern Era

Amish man born September 14, 1948 in Douglas County

Dr. Matthew Holden - Modern Era

Grew up during the Great Depression on his parent's farm

Brian Holst - Modern Era

Agriculture implements mechanic

Karen Hudson - Modern Era

Committed to stopping the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO)

Matt Hughes - Modern Era

Discusses the options of cash- and share-rent

Richard Hull - Modern Era

State Veterinarian for the Illinois Department of Agriculture

Jacqueline Jackson - Modern Era

History of her family's farm, from dairy to hybrid seed corn production

Nate Jannsen - Modern Era

Golden Oaks Farm in ex-urban Chicago

Scott and Russ Jeckel - Modern Era

Son of hog farmer Russ Jeckel

Russ and Mary Jeckel - Modern Era

Used revolutionary hog diets and developed hog confinement with the hog slat floor

Mark Johnson - Modern Era

Agricultural Specialist at Kline Creek Farm

Patricia Johnson - Modern Era

Sustainable tree farm and sawmill in Evanston, IL.

Lloyd Johnson - Modern Era

One of ten siblings in an African-American farm family

Michael Johnson - Modern Era

Agricultural Specialist at Kline Creek Farm

Jay Johnson - Modern Era

Details family farm's evolution from a trucking business shipping grain to river terminals

Jim Kinsella - Modern Era

International reputation for no-till farming

Harold John Kraut - Modern Era

Following his service in the Navy during WW II, he returned to the farm in Calhoun County

Linda Kull - Modern Era

PhD in Plant Pathology

Michael Latting - Modern Era

Rancher, breeding rodeo horses, and bulls and roping calves and supplying equipment for the U. S. rodeo market

Dave Luechtefeld - Modern Era

Senator Dave Luechtefeld grew up on a dairy farm outside Okawville, Illinois

Caroline Manock - Modern Era

Farm manager in Peoria County

Thomas Martin - Modern Era

Illinois Master Farmers in 2017

Jose Martinez - Modern Era

Since 1994 he's worked for Eckert's Orchards in Belleville, IL.

Martin Mauricio - Modern Era

Born in Mexico, grocery store and Mexican restaurant owner in Belleville

Keith McClow - Modern Era

Demonstrations of older farm activities that occur on the farm today

Tom McCoy - Modern Era

Life on a typical family farm in Will County, Illinois

Irene McGuire - Modern Era

Story of she and her husband loosing the family's peach orchard, land that had been in the family since the 1820s

Donald McKinley - Modern Era

Agriculture Museum in Quincy, which focuses on farming of the 1930s

Sam Meteer - Modern Era

Illinois State FFA Vice President

Marilyn Nash - Modern Era

Specialized in sheep at the USDA Animal Research Center

Philip Nelson - Modern Era

IL Farm Bureau President

Doug Parrett - Modern Era

University of Illinois faculty teaching Animal Sciences

Timothy Reed - Modern Era

High school agriculture teacher

Debra Reid - Modern Era

Participated in academic research on living history farms in the U. S. and Denmark

Harry Rhodes - Modern Era

Executive Director of Growing Home

Lester and Rita Robbins - Modern Era

Grain farm operation along with corn shelling business

Janet Roney - Modern Era

Daughter of Charles Shuman, President of the American Farm Bureau

Charles Ross - Modern Era

Shows Montadale sheep at the Illinois State Fair

Edward Runge - Modern Era

Discusses the stages in evolution in agriculture

Edward Russell - Modern Era

Owner of vineyard and winery

Orion Samuelson - Modern Era

Agriculture Director and voice of agriculture at WGN Radio in Chicago

Stephen Scates - Modern Era

15,000 family acres of soybeans and corn

Scott Schertz - Modern Era

Discusses the evolution of Schertz Aerial Service, Incorporated

Michael Scully - Modern Era

Discusses the principles of biodynamic and organic farming

David Seibert - Modern Era

Livestock Adviser and Educator for the U of I. Extension Service

Paul Shuman - Modern Era

Discusses mechanization, genetics, the shift of natural to chemical fertilizers, the importance of management and marketing skills, as well as various debates in agriculture and government

Betty Sirles - Modern Era

Owner and operator of the 750 acre Rendleman Orchards in rural Union County, Illinois

Wayne D. Sirles - Modern Era

Operator of the 750 acre Rendleman Orchards in rural Union County, Illinois

Nelvin Sloman - Modern Era

Describes life on the farm in a time before electricity and when draft animals were used for tillage, planting, cultivating and harvesting

Harold Steele - Modern Era

Served in WWII and then became President of the Illinois Farm Bureau

Cavan Sullivan - Modern Era

Used his knowledge from FFA and 4-H to raise pheasants

Leland Sweatman - Modern Era

Returned to grain farming after the WWII

Geneva Sweet - Modern Era

Spent her life on the farm, and saw many changes, including electrification

Ed Teefey - Modern Era

From Mt. Sterling, Illinois describes passion for standard bred horses and harness racing

John Thurman - Modern Era

African-American farmers of a small acreage, using sustainable practices to raise foodstuffs for themselves

Ellis Vanderpool - Modern Era

38.7 acre orchard, with peaches, apples and berries for a "Pick Your Own" operation

Edward VanDrunen - Modern Era

Herb, onion and chives farmer

Karl Weingartner - Modern Era

Director of the International Soybean Program

Kaitlin Weitekamp - Modern Era

FFA President proving women "can do" in agriculture

Bob Wieneke - Modern Era

Fifth generation orchardist

Robert Fraley - Modern Era

Pioneering plant geneticist at Monsanto working on soybeans, corn and cotton

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