ILLINOIS FARM COUPLES: JUSTIN AND RACHEL DURDAN

They say February is the season for love … and we’re celebrating by giving you a glimpse of five Illinois farm couples throughout the week!  These couples practice their love for each other and the land every day on their farms.  Get to know them and the work they love to do!

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Justin and Rachel Durdan were married on March 19, 2010.  They have two kids, Ella and Ian, and enjoy travelling together.  In fact, they have just enjoyed a recent visit to Mexico!

The couple live in LaSalle County, IL where Justin has farmed since he was a little boy and finally joined the partnership in 2004.

 

ILLINOIS FARM COUPLES: BILL & JILL BELL

They say February is the season for love … and we’re celebrating by giving you a glimpse of five Illinois farm couples throughout the week!  These couples practice their love for each other and the land every day on their farms.  Get to know them and the work they love to do!

Bill & Jill Bell

Bill & Jill (Hood) Bell married 2-4-67 during an ice storm. Jill is a farmer’s daughter and was very lucky to marry a farmer.  They met in High School and have been farming ever since.

Congratulations on 46 years together!

ILLINOIS FARM COUPLES: BILL AND SANDY CHRIST

They say February is the season for love … and we’re celebrating by giving you a glimpse of five Illinois farm couples throughout the week!  These couples practice their love for each other and the land every day on their farms.  Get to know them and the work they love to do!

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Sandy and Bill met over the salad bar at their little local restaraunt many years ago. It was Mother’s Day, so they were both celebrating with their families who knew each other and were friends. Actually Bill and Sandy went to school together as kids, but had never met. Sandy was dis-interested, as she thought Bill’s younger sister was his girlfriend! Later, Bill had a hog roast out at one of the farms for all his college friends, and that was their first date. The rest is history!

Bill and Sandy will be married 31 years in July.

“Wow, does time go by fast, when your having fun!!!!!” Bill said.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR FOOD WITH THE U.S. FARMERS AND RANCHERS ALLIANCE

Click the link below for a great piece from Anderson Live where a real mom gets to visit with real farmers to find out more about where her food comes from. Here’s a shout out to the Mike and Lynn Martz family, superstars of the Illinois Farm Families efforts. They are great folks, farmers opening ‘our’ doors, to engage in meaningful conversation and dialogue, without all the spin. 

http://www.andersoncooper.com/page/usfra/

You can submit your questions for your chance to be part of the conversation too!