Chad is a third-generation farmer from Woodford County. He owns Leman Farms Inc. which comprises a 3,200 head sow farm that markets approximately 90,000 pigs annually. In addition, they raise corn & soybeans, and 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 heavily involved in the Carthage System, as a shareholder and board member of several entities within the organization.
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.
This is Chad's second term as a director on the IPPA board. He currently chair of the marketing committee.