Meet the Team
Returned to the family farm in 1989 after graduating from Michigan State University to officially begin his career in farming. Alongside his father, Louis Danner, Billie farmed and grew the operation from 600 acres to more than 4,000 acres in the 90s. Today, Danner Farms specializes in raising identity-preserved grains including non-GMO grains and commercial grain. Danner Farms is also a proud producer of seed corn for Pioneer Hi Bred Int. Danner Farms custom feeds swine and raises club calves and breeding stock from an elite herd of cows that Billie’s daughter Gracie has assembled from her National Award-Winning females.
Julie has a strong agricultural background, as well as, a readiness to assist others. She is pleased to share her knowledge, organizational skills, and professionalism with Danner Farms. She has been an administrative assistant for her family’s farm for over 20 years. Julie has two children, Greta and Cole.
Grew up on a family farm in central Illinois. After spending 23 years in the transportation field and 3 years in retail agriculture, Brian is also happy to be back in grass roots agriculture. Brian operates and maintains all facilities and machinery at Danner Farms. He also oversees the swine feeding operation. Brian and his wife Gretchen have a daughter, Anna.
Kansas State University Student
Gracie is currently attending Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She is studying Agricultural Economics with a minor in International Agriculture. On campus Gracie is involved in the Agricultural Economics Club, Collegiate Cattlewomen, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, and Called to Greatness Campus Ministry. Recently, Gracie was named a National Finalist with her FFA Beef Production Proficiency Award.
University of Cambridge Graduate Student
Payton is currently a graduate student at the University of Cambridge in England, where he is working towards a master’s degree in comparative literature. He graduated from Northwestern University in June 2017 with a B.A. cum laude and departmental honors in German and English. At Northwestern, Payton was involved in musical ensembles, philanthropies, and his fraternity; he also did two internships at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and worked part-time as a lifeguard and swimming instructor for Chicago Athletic Clubs. At Cambridge, Payton is rowing competitively for the St. John’s men’s rowing team.
Swine & Crop Technician
James and Victoria Schultz, originally from Illinois, were married in February of 2018. Shortly after they decided to search for their best career opportunity, whatever it may be. Lucky for them they found that opportunity just a state away, in Iowa, working for Danner Farms. James utilizes his extensive experience in livestock, horticulture, and farm equipment to contribute to the growth and success of Danner Farms and looks forward to many successful seasons.