About Our Family
Dennis J. NolandPresident of Noland Farms, Inc.
Dennis, the youngest of the four children, grew up with a wrench and screwdriver in his hand. Tinkering, fixing and building in the shed was where he spent his childhood. He continued with this childhood interest and received his Associate Degree in Farm Machinery Technology from Spoon River College in 1982. After returning to the farm in 1982, he married Dani Meador, a kindergarten teacher. Together, they enjoy their annual bike vacations throughout the country on their Harley Davidson motorcycle. Neil’s passion of flying is shared by Dennis, a pilot since September of 1982. Anyone interested in viewing potential land investments by air or just a sightseeing trip from above could not be in a better set of hands. Dennis provides our farm with valuable mechanical and agronomic expertise.
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N. Duane NolandVice President of Noland Farms, Inc.
Duane grew up showing livestock in 4H and participating in Future Farmers of America (FFA). He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1978 and married his high school sweetheart, Tina Beckett, in 1978. He began farming with Neil in 1980, became active in Farm Bureau and soon added Grant (1984) and Blake (1987) to the family. Through involvement in Farm Bureau, he started his
political career, serving as State Representative (1990-1998) and State Senator (1998-2003). He currently serves as President and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Co-ops, aiding on the farm during the Spring and Fall.
Cell Phone – (217)433-2979
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Grant A. NolandTreasurer of Noland Farms, Inc.
Grant is the oldest of two sons and serves as Treasurer of our family farm. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Ag-Economics in 2006. Upon graduation, he worked as a commodity trader and elevator manager for ADM at facilities in Indiana and Illinois. In the spring of 2009, he began farming and married Logan Hymes, an accountant at ADM. They are proud parents of Hudson and Elizabeth. He is a graduate of Cultivating Master Farmers, The Exective Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and Illinois Ag Leadership Program, and is active with his church, Illinois Corn Growers Association. His farm responsibilities include day-to-day operations, input purchasing, grain marketing and financial analysis. A main focus is developing new partnerships and identifying avenues of growth for our family farm.
Cell Phone – (217)433-8084
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Blake A. Noland
After High School Blake followed his passion for tractors, and enrolled in Lakeland Community college’s John Deere Tech program. During the two years of classroom and on the job training Blake graduated with an associates in John Deere Technology. In 2010, Blake finished his bachelors of Science majoring in Agriculture Systems a minor in Agriculture Business at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
After college, Blake had spent a short time as a Farm Manger at a local bank. In 2013, an opportunity to run a program created by Pfister Seeds that is aimed at helping young farmers get back to the farm peaked his interested. After two years with Pfister, Blake has helped over 40 young farmers taken an active roll on their family farm. This opportunity also allowed Blake the flexibility to help at Noland Farms as well.
Blake and his wife, Kristin, reside in Macon, IL. Kristin moved from cities in Virginia, California, Florida, and most recently a small town in central Illinois. They both are excited to start a family and raise them on the farm.
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