Chad is a third-generation farmer from Woodford County. He owns Leman Farms Inc. which includes the production of hogs, corn, and soybeans. Partnering with contract growers, they market approximately 100,000 hogs each year whil utilizing much of their corn production in feed rations for their pigs. In addition, they have operated a Pioneer seed dealership since 1991.
He and his wife, Staci, have been married since 1995 and have four daughters - Tessa, Darby, Sofie, and Sierra. Chad is actively involved in his community, serving on the Eureka CUSD school board since 2007, and an elder at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw, IL. Professionally, Chad is a shareholder and board member of several organizations that contribute to the livelihood of his core business, raising pigs.
This is Chad's second term as a director on the IPPA board. He currently chairs the marketing committee. Being a part of IPPA has been instrumental in connecting him with legislators, industry professionals, and educators. These acquaintances have been helpful in the multiple expansions his business has gone through. They have also motivated him to stay in touch with lawmakers and lobbyists so that the voice on the farm is heard.
If he could give any advice to someone interested in getting into livestock production, it would be to encourage them, in that it is a unique occupation where the farmer needs to be willing to sacrifice his/her own comfort for the sake of the animals they care for, yet it is a very rewarding career with many opportunities for growth.