We are a 5th generation family farm, based in Piatt County, Illinois. Josh and Jake Lieb are partners in the operation. We are primarily a grain farm. However, we raised Bison for 22 years and switched to cattle recently. We enjoyed our time with Bison, but we felt they were too dangerous for our young kids to be involved with. While cattle have their own challenges, they are much easier to handle!
Josh started farming in 2001 after completing his A.A.S degree from Parkland College. He and his wife Julie have 2 sons, Jack and Billy. Billy races mini-sprint cars and Jack enjoys the outdoor hunting and fishing life. Josh also serves on the Piatt FS board of directors. Julie drives a semi for us during harvest and does a great job.
Jake came into the operation in 2005 after completing his B.S. from Southern Illinois University. His wife Jennifer is a Nurse Practitioner and owns an aesthetics practice. They also have 2 sons Levi and Chase, who take up most of their free time! Jake also serves on the Piatt County Farm Bureau board of directors.
We both entered farming in an exciting, yet challenging time in agriculture. The technology in agriculture is exploding, from GPS guidance and mapping, VRT seeding and fertilizer application, to genetically modified crops and evolving herbicide chemistry. At the same time we are facing challenges in agriculture. Debates such as food vs fuel, the use of GMO crops, urban sprawl consuming prime farmland, rage on.
We are always trying new ideas and approaches to production agriculture. We are advocates for soil conservation, using no-til practices where applicable as well as introducing cover crops on a good portion of what we farm.
We are committed to passing this 5th generation farm to the 6th generation in as good or better condition than it was when left to us. Though good stewardship and foresight, we believe it will happen!