Rod and Debbie Wilson
Rod and Debbie (Moore) Wilson were both products of DeWitt County farm families and are lifelong residents of the area. As most farm kids growing up, they were active in many farm activities like 4-H and FFA. They both attended high school in Clinton where Rod graduated in 1975 and Debbie in 1976. Rod attended Wyoming Technical Institute after high school and became a certified auto technician. He worked in Clinton as an auto tech full time until 1980 when he returned to the farm. After high school Debbie attended Richland Community College in Decatur. They married in 1977. Together they have two children, Sarah (Michael) Oldham and Ryan (Sarah) Wilson. More recently they have been blessed with three grandchildren. Sarah and Michael have two boys, Payton and Preston. Ryan and Sarah most recently added to the grandson troop with their son Reid.
Beyond the farm Debbie also has a full time position with the U.S. Postal Service serving as a rural carrier. Rodney serves as commissioner of the Coon Creek Drainage District, which encompasses much of the farm’s acreage. Both are active members of the First Christian Church in Clinton. When not working they can usually be found enjoying time with their growing family. Rodney also enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.
Brad grew up on a family farm near Ottawa, Illinois. Both 4-H and FFA were big parts of his life while growing up. He excelled with both crops and livestock projects. He was president of his FFA chapter, held a state degree, was awarded Star Section Farmer, and in 2002 he was one of 38 members recognized nationally as a FFA New Century Farmer. Brad attended Joliet Junior College and received an Associate’s Degree in Ag Production and Management. He then transferred to Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Industry Management; his focus of study was agronomy. While in college Brad worked as an intern for Crop Tech Consulting. He is still employed part time by CTC and enjoys his involvement with the Farm Journal Corn College events, for which he has been speaking on agronomy topics since the event’s beginning in 2008. Brad met the Wilsons in 2003 during his internship with CTC and became part of the farm operation after graduating in the fall of 2006. Away from the farm his interests include hunting, shooting sports, motorcycles, and aviation.