Lance is from Saline County and has been on the IPPA board for five years. During that time he has served on the Industry Services, Education/Youth, and Marketing committees.
He has a 2,700 head finishing site in addition to being the Williamson County Farm Bureau Manager. Additionally, he is part of three generations to farm on his family’s farm started in the 1940’s. The farm has 120 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and also cattle. His involvement in the agriculture industry has earned him several Cargill Pork Environment awards and the Saline County Conservation Farmer of the Year.
Lance and his wife, Tina, have been married 27 years and have four children, Jase, Jess, Josie, and Jaeger and one granddaughter, Sadie Lynn Martin (6 months old). Their oldest son, Jase (wife Jessie) is an off-road motorcycle racer for St Louis KTM. Their oldest daughter Jess is an honor student who is involved in high school and competitive cheerleading. Josie is involved in competitive cheer and middle school basketball and soccer. Their youngest child, Jaeger, enjoys playing Legos and video games.
In addition to his busy family life, Lance is the PA announcer for the Harrisburg Bulldogs basketball and football games, serves on the Illinois DNR OHV advisory board, and is a founder and current board member of the Little Egypt Off-Road Motorcycle Club.
Being a part of IPPA has helped Lance gain valuable knowledge about issues concerning the livestock industry and connect with other producers and industry leaders. If he could give advice to someone wanting to expand into livestock it would be that it’s a good way to keep family included in the farm. It was a great addition to their operation. He started with his father 22 years ago which allowed him to stay on the farm and now is allowing his son Jase to stay on the farm and raise his family there.