Illinois Livestock Development Group Hires New Business Developer

Sierra Henry - Illinois Farm Bureau

Nov 16, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock

Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) has hired Justin Lewis as the organization’s business developer. In his new role, Lewis will identify and develop opportunities for the retention, expansion and development of Illinois’ livestock industry.

Lewis will serve as a consultant and advise individuals or groups interested in developing livestock facilities or businesses in Illinois. He will also assist in education and promotion of the livestock industry through member organizations of ILDG.

“Justin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and farm business management,” said Dereke Dunkirk, ILDG chair. “He will be an excellent resource for anyone wanting to expand or enter the livestock industry in Illinois.”

Lewis comes to the ILDG from John Wood Community College in Quincy, where he taught as an assistant professor of agriculture sciences. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa. His classes ranged from agriculture education to animal science.

Lewis holds a Master of Science in Agriculture Education and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science – Food Animal Production and Management, both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture from Lake Land College in Mattoon.

Outside of his teaching career, Lewis has served as owner/operator of Double J Simmentals since 2003, where he supervises fieldwork, farm operations and safety programs for a 300-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation. He resides in Marshall.

About Illinois Livestock Development Group

The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the evolving livestock industry in Illinois. ILDG aims to support and empower current and future farmers in maintaining profitable family farms while fostering the expansion of the livestock industry in the state. The organization provides farmers with the necessary resources, guidance and support to sustain profitable family farms and foster the growth of the livestock industry. Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association formed ILDG in 2003.


Contact: Sierra Henry
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau®