Raised on family grain-livestock farm in Calhoun County, IL. Earned B.S. degree in Ag-Economics and Agronomy from University of Illinois in 1979 and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from U of I at Springfield in 2002. Twenty years experience in the swine industry, including ten years as an independent pork producer at Rochester, Illinois. In 1996 started writing manure management plans for livestock producers needing help with regulatory compliance. Formed company, ManPlan Inc in 2003, which now works in several Midwest and Southern states developing NMPs & CNMPs for NRCS-EQIP and CAFO permits.
Hobbies include: Ranching & Grandchildren not necessarily in that order.