Burrus Hybrids partnered again with Illinois Agri-News to sponsor the 2016 Illinois Farm Family of the Year. The Jim Powell family from Greene County was chosen for the award, presented on September 10 during University of Illinois' Salute to Agriculture Day.
To be on campus for Ag Day was especially meaningful to Jim, having received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from U of I. He was also involved in ROTC while in college. He wanted to carry on the long tradition of military service of his grandfather and six uncles. The seven brothers served in World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor and all returned home safely after the conflict. In their honor, a portion of US Highway 67 is named for them. Jim’s dream was to be a pilot like his grandfather and father but while in ROTC, he learned he was color blind and wasn’t able to fly.
Jimmy Powell, son of Jim and Janet, along with his wife and children are the fifth generation of the family to live and farm in the Hillview area. Their farming operation includes corn and soybean row crops and have proactively adapted to agriculture’s ever-changing technology to ensure the next generation can continue to farm and carry on this rich legacy. They have a 40 head herd of beef cattle. In addition, the family operates the local elevator.
The family has been active in the community serving on various local boards, levee districts, and hospital boards. They are strong supporters of the local 4-H, FFA and other school-related organizations and clubs.
For all the Powell family does on and off the farm and for the manner in which they do it all together as a family, we are proud to salute them as the 2016 Illinois Farm Family of the Year.
Read more about the Powell family in the Illinois Agri-News article here.