Upcoming Meeting

Outlook for 2015 and Impact on Leases

September 08, 2014
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Illini Center
4th Floor, 200 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Help us start our new year strong at our first meeting on September 8, 2014.

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Welcome to The Chicago Farmers!

Congratulations to the Martins -- named Farmer Heroes by National Association of Conservation Districts (NACO) and EPA.

Congratulations to Jeff Martin and his family for their recognition by the National Association of Conservation District (NACO) and EPA for their work in soil conservation.  Specifically, these farmers were recognized for their best management practices that resulted in reduced pollution and increased soil quality.  This is a well-deserved award for folks who were working on soil conservation well before it was trendy.  Also, see the story on the EPA website and learn more about the Martin Family by taking a look at the Martin Family Farms Blog!


The Chicago Farmers presented its Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to Bill Johnson during the May meeting.  Bill coordinates the Agriculture Production and Management and Swine Management programs at Joliet Junior College.  He also is a member of TCF.

The Chicago Farmers would like to take a moment to thank our now Past-President, Andy Holstine, for his contributions over the last two years as President.  We all know how much time and energy it takes.  Andy isn't going anywhere just yet, and we look forward to his continued contributions to the organization.  TCF would also like to acknowledge Margaret McGrath for her time spent on the Membership Committee, the Farm Fairs, and her contribution to the board.  Finally, TCF would like to recognize Brian Shea, 2014 Plowman of the Year, for his many years and many roles with The Chicago Farmers.  Brian brought tremendous expertise and ideas to the organization.  He was very valued amongst the Board and Membership.  Moving forward, congratulations to Eric Rund as he begins his new role as President, and help us in welcoming Dan Stokes and Mark Thorndyke as they begin their first term on The Chicago Farmer's Board of Directors.

The Chicago Farmers Officers 2014-2015

  • Eric Rund, President
  • Barbara Clark, Vice President
  • Pete Petges, Treasurer
  • Brian Duke, Secretary
  • Andy Holstine, Past President


The Chicago Farmers Board of Directors 2014-2015

  • Bruce Aherns
  • Susan Kern, M.D.
  • David Oppedahl
  • Sharon Perry
  • Dan Stokes
  • Mark Thorndyke


We look forward to seeing you in September for our first luncheon of the 2014-2015 year!



2014 Summer Tour to Monsanto

45 farmland owners, farm operators and spouses participated in The Chicago Farmers July 18th Summer Tour to Monsanto facilities in suburban St. Louis to learn more about how this innovative company is working with farmers to meet growing global food demand, while at the same time conserving natural resources for future generations. 

The trip included a plant breeding & agronomics technology tour at Monsanto’s Creve Coeur headquarters and a biotechnology tour at its Chesterfield Village research facility.  Participants learned about seed chipping, integrated farming systems, weed management systems, and how Monsanto is developing vegetable seeds that improve the yield, appearance, taste and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.

Lunchtime speakers included Tami Craig Schilling, Global Community Engagement Lead for Monsanto, in addition to Pradip Das, Technology Discovery Lead, who discussed technological advances pertaining to integrated farming systems and data science, which is agriculture’s next major growth frontier, that could lead to increased crop productivity and improved yields.

The day concluded with a Monsanto hosted group dinner at the St. Louis Zoo attended by Schilling, Jennifer Luchte, Sustainability Disclosure Lead and Dr. Robert Fraley, Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer.

Our thanks go to Monsanto, a TCF Platinum Sponsor, for their support of our organization and for providing the meeting & event planning resources that made this trip possible.  

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