Bob has served five years as the Illinois Purebred Representative on the IPPA board. During that time, he has served on multiple committees including, Education/Youth, Marketing, and State Fair.
At his farm he raises four breeds of purebred swine and showpigs, with a small boar stud, a retail meat business, and a 2200 acre grain farm. The farm has been in the family for over 140 years making it a centennial farm where his son is the sixth generation and co-owner of the operation. Bob and his wife, Carla, have two children, Kirk and Carrie, seven grandchildren, and two great-grand children.
He is and has been very involved in his community. Bob is a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and a farm Bureau member. He was president of the Melvin-Sibley Board of Education and worked to consolidate the school system with Gibson City Schools forming the GCMS school system, has been heavily involved with the National Spotted Swine Record, serving twice as President of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Certified Pedigreed Swine Board of Directors and helped to form the Team Purebred junior organization. In 2018 he was inducted into the National Spotted Swine Hall of Fame as he retired from the National Spotted Board. He has also been heavily involved with the Illinois Purebred Swine Association and serving as President for several years and at this time helped to organize the current Illinois Bred and Owned program for the Illinois Purebred Breeders for the junior exhibitors at the Illinois State Fair.
Being a part of IPPA has given Robert more insight into the overall pork industry. If he could give someone who is interested in expanding into livestock advice it would be to research thoroughly.