2023 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer and Honorary Master Farmer honorees. You can save these high-resolution images for use in print. Captions are above each image and include photo credit.
MASTERS: The 2023 Master Farmers from left to right: Martin Barbre, Carmi; Ron Moore, Roseville; David Meiss, Gridley; and Curtis Strode, Marietta. Photo by Betty Haynes
Martin Barbre, White County. Martin and his wife Gayla live near Carmi. Martin and his son Brandon raise corn and soybeans, including white corn and seed soybeans. Martin was nominated by IL Corn. Photo by Betty Haynes
David Meiss, McLean County. David and his wife Debbie live near Gridley, where they raise corn, soybeans and seed beans. David was nominated by Richard Guebert, 2006 Master Farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau president. Photo by Betty Haynes
Ron Moore, Warren County. Ron and his wife Deb live near Roseville, where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle with their son Michael. Ron was nominated by the Illinois Soybean Association. Photo by Betty Haynes
Curtis Strode, Fulton County. Curt and his wife Mary live near Marietta, where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle, and run a hunting enterprise with family. Curt was nominated by the Fulton County Farm Bureau. Photo by Betty Haynes
HONORARY MASTER FARMER: Robert A. Easter is a renowned swine nutritionist who ascended the leadership ranks at the University of Illinois to become dean of the College of ACES, interim provost, interim chancellor, and ultimately, president of the University. Photo courtesy of University of Illinois