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Group photo:

MASTERS: The 2016 Master Farmers from left to right: Norma Jean and Reggie Dowell. Menard County; Karen and Mark DeDecker, Henry County; Brenda and Bill Raben, Gallatin County; and Julie and Ron Lawfer, Jo Daviess County. Photo by Holly Spangler




Mark and Karen DeDecker farm 2,000 acres in partnership with their son, Lance. DeDecker hog farms finishes 30,000 hogs per year from their feeder-to-finish operation. Photo by Holly Spangler


Reggie and Norma Jean Dowell farm just over 5,300 acres in partnership with their son, David. They're also about to get into the cattle finishing business. Photo by Holly Spangler.


Ron and Julie Lawfer expanded their dairy in 2014 including the installation of robotic milking technology. They also farm with their son, John.  Photo by Holly Spangler


Bill and Brenda Raben farm with Bill's brother Jim, with a total of 6,000 acres. Bill has also been active in the Illinois Soybean Association. Photo by Holly Spangler.