Princeton Field Day
Next-Level Program

PRINCETON, IL

815-879-8720

20270 1800 N AVE, PRINCETON, IL 61356

PRINCETON
NEWARK
SAYBROOK
EDELSTEIN

PRINCETON, IL TEAM

Princeton---Matt-Denton

Matt Denton

Agronomist | matt.denton@heftyseed.com | 815-878-1270

Matt grew up on his family’s grain farm near Princeton, IL. He attended Princeton High School, where he was active in track, football, baseball and theater. He was a 10 year 4-H club member. He attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. After graduation in 2012, Matt returned home to Princeton to join the family’s business operations. He was a Sales Associate for White Oak Ag, Inc., a Pioneer seed dealership his grandparents operated for 48 years, and rejoined the family’s fifth-generation farming operation. He is a member of the Elks Lodge in Princeton.

Matt currently resides in Princeton with his wife, Sarah, daughter, Ellie, and their Australian Shepherd, Nile. They enjoy attending baseball and football games, traveling and home improvement projects.

Princeton---Nate-Ihnen

Nate Ihnen

Agronomist | nate.ihnen@heftyseed.com | 815-878-0766

Nate Ihnen grew up in east central South Dakota on the family farm 12 miles southwest of Tulare. He farmed with his dad and brother for 15 years, while operating a small trucking business. While farming with his family he worked within the local co-op’s agronomy division, specializing in fertilization, chemical application, and variable rates. Nate also spent 6 years as a field marketer for Titan Machinery both in Huron, SD as well as Aberdeen, SD. Nate truly enjoys the farming culture and enjoys working with growers.

Nate enjoys spending time with his two daughters Braelynn and Brooklynn and son Greyson. His other interests are building motorcycles, hunting, and playing the guitar.

Princeton---Kyle-Bickett

Kyle Bickett

Agronomist | kyle.bickett@heftyseed.com | 815-866-2585

Kyle was born and raised on his family farm near Princeton, IL. He knew from an early age he had a passion for agriculture and livestock. After high school, Kyle attended Blackhawk College East Campus and graduated with an Associate Degree in Ag Business/Ag Production.

After graduating, Kyle continued his involvement with the family farm and also was employed at Northern Partners Coop as an operator. Kyle’s knowledge and leadership allowed him to ascend to the position of plant manager, a position he served in for five years before joining Hefty Seed Company as a sales agronomist and operator. Kyle continues to be directly involved with his father and brother in their grain and livestock operation.

Kyle is very active in the community. He is involved in the local volunteer fire department, Lions Club, and is a trustee on the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors. Kyle is a graduate of the Illinois Farm Bureau “Ag leaders of Tomorrow” program.

In his spare time, he enjoys camping and spending time on the farm with his wife, Dana, and three children; daughters, Riley and Brynleigh, and son, Levi.

Princeton---Denny-Denton

Denny Denton

Agronomist | denny.denton@heftyseed.com | 815-878-3377

Denny and his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, have lived and farmed near Princeton, IL their entire lives. They have raised corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, and hogs.

Denny has been very active in serving agriculture both locally and nationally. He has served on the US Grains Council, US Meat Export Federation, and Illinois Corn Marketing Board. During his tenure on these committees, he enjoyed traveling abroad to promote US agriculture in Cuba, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and South America. Locally, he has been a township trustee for 20 years, a 4-H leader, a local Farm Bureau member, a Loyal Order of Moose member. Currently, he and Dorothy are active members of the Elks Lodge. Denny and Dorothy operated a Pioneer Seed dealership from 1967 – 2015. They have three grown sons.

In his spare time, he enjoys Florida beaches, deer hunting, and fishing.

Princeton---Rachel-Denton

Rachel Denton

Location Manager| rachel.denton@heftyseed.com | 815-878-1275

Rachel grew up on her family’s grain farm near Princeton, IL. From a young age, she enjoyed helping with harvest as well as helping with her grandparents’ Pioneer seed business. After graduating from Princeton High School, she attended Illinois Valley Community College and worked for five years at Central Bank – Illinois before returning full-time to the family’s operations in 2012.

Rachel is very active in the community. She volunteers for Mobile Meals, delivering meals to the elderly; and Buddy Bags, an organization that helps feed needy school-aged children. She also helps the local Elks Lodge with their annual Christmas baskets for needy families.

Rachel resides in Princeton and enjoys spending time with family, attending church, flower gardening, and reading.

Princeton---Mike-Denton

Mike Denton

Store Manager/Agronomist
mike.denton@heftyseed.com
815-878-0393

Princeton---Paul-Becker

Paul Becker

Operations/Maintenance
paul.becker@heftyseed.com
815-879-8720

EDELSTEIN, IL

309-369-5376

Eric McNeeley, Edelstein Agronomist

Eric McNeeley

Agronomist | eric.mcneeley@heftyseed.com | 309-369-5376

Eric McNeeley lives in Edelstein, IL with his wife of 13 years, Bridget, and their two kids Kalin(12) and Connor(10). He grew up in Princeville, IL and then went on to Illinois Central College and received his degree in Horticulture Science and Turf Maintenance. He spent several years working as an Assistant Superintendent at two local golf courses and then managed a Turf Irrigation company in the Peoria area. He had his first taste of Agriculture managing a local grain elevator and have since fallen in love with the Ag Industry and its people. Prior to having this great opportunity with Hefty, he was a Precision Ag Advisor for Jenner Ag.

When not working, I enjoy fishing, hunting, or just about anything outdoors. Most of Bridget and Eric’s free time is dedicated to attending and helping coach their kids’ sports activities. Eric’s daughter is active in volleyball and his son plays baseball, basketball, and football.

NEWARK, IL

815-824-6277

8025 PLATTVILLE RD, NEWARK, IL 60541

Princeton---Matt-Anzelc

Matt Anzelc, CCA

Agronomist | matt.anzelc@heftyseed.com | 815-824-6277

Matt was born and raised on his family farm near Newark, IL. From an early age, he had a passion for agriculture. After high school, Matt attended Joliet Junior College and then graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy Management and Agribusiness.

His educational background, his passion for agronomy, and his first-hand experience running the family farm provide him the hands-on knowledge and skill set to help producers be more profitable. Matt’s been instrumental in testing and implementing innovative techniques on the family farm – these results enable him to guide producers to be more efficient in their own operations.

Matt is actively engaged in both the local and state level producer organizations, such as Kendall County Corn Growers Association, Kendall County Farm Bureau, Kendall County Young Leaders, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

In his free time, he enjoys grilling, boating, and attending country concerts.

SAYBROOK, IL

217-249-9548

317 S SCIOTA
SIBLEY, IL 61773

Princeton---Tim-Meuller

Tim Mueller

Agronomist
tim.mueller@heftyseed.com
217-249-9548

Princeton’s Third Annual Field Day

3rd Annual Field Day – August 25, 2020

AUGUST 25, 2020

PLOTS | EXHIBITORS | GUEST SPEAKERS | DISPLAYS | 8AM – 4PM

Building on the AgPhD’s Field Day in Baltic, South Dakota, which is one of the largest one-day ag events in the Midwest with over 10K people in attendance, we look to compliment them by bringing the same type of learning opportunities to our region. We will have exhibitors, plots, demos, and a great speaker line-up. Please plan to attend!

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Princeton Field Day Site

TAKING FARMING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Randy Dowdy has made a name for himself in the agriculture industry. In addition to winning high yield contests for corn and soybeans on his farm in Georgia, Randy is also passionate about paying it forward by sharing what he’s learned. This passion has led him to develop the Next Level Program.

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Randy Dowdy is taking his farming knowledge on the road, pairing with David Hula in the Next-Level program. At farm camps across the Midwest and beyond, the pair of record-yield growers are conducting intense learning sessions with a minimum of 50 farmers per camp, meeting four times a year—two full days each time. The program centers on shared field data and exchange of information within the group. The program also grants access to a software application with the power to connect all growers within the Next-Level group and records all management decisions and field data in real-time.

The Next Level Program is truly unique in the industry. It represents your chance to learn directly from Randy, other growers, and your own fields.

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Randy Dowdy Next Level