LIEB FARMS               
Modern Farming & Traditional Values



          We are a 5th generation family farm, based in Piatt County, Illinois.  Josh and Jake Lieb are partners in the operation.  Josh started farming in 2001 after completing his A.A.S degree from Parkland College.  Jake came into the operation in 2005 after completing his B.S. from Southern Illinois University.  We both entered farming in an exciting, yet challenging time in agriculture.  The technology in agriculture is exploding, from GPS guidance and mapping, VRT seeding and fertilizer application, to genetically modified crops and evolving herbicide chemistry.  At the same time we are facing challenges in agriculture.  Debates such as food vs fuel, the use of GMO crops, urban sprawl consuming prime farmland, rage on.  Josh and Jake are active in the Farm Bureau to help fight the fight for agriculture and be a positive voice in the community.  Jake serves on the Piatt County Farm Bureau Board.  Josh and Jake also both served as Chairman of the Piatt County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders during their years with the group.  Josh currently serves on the Piatt County FS board of directors.

We currently operate farmland in Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, and Champaign counties.  We take great pride in the land we operate and treat every farm like we own it. We stay up to date on the newest technologies so we can give our landowners the best return possible on their investment, while being good stewards of the land to ensure long term productivity.  We are firm believers in frequent soil testing to ensure adequate fertility levels.  We use a conventional tillage program on most of what we farm, except for our HEL ground that we no-til.  We have started to incorporate cover crops into our crop rotation.  We are hoping to see improved soil health where we are utilizing them.  We are very selective in choosing seed and chemical programs to control the increasingly tough to kill weeds of today. We use GPS to map all of our planted and harvested acres, specific to variety, and have the ability to produce maps on demand.  This is a useful tool in selecting seed for the next growing season.  We are currently looking for farmland to operate in Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, DeWitt, and Champaign counties. We are interested in Crop Share, Cash Rent, or Custom Farming opportunities.