Meet the Team

Billie Danner

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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.

Gracie Danner


Kansas State Graduate and John Deere Employee

Gracie graduated from Kansas State University summa cum laude with a degree in Agricultural Economics and minor in International Agriculture in December of 2019. Gracie is working at John Deere starting out in a rotational development program in Customer and Product Support. Gracie is currently living and working in the Quad Cities before completing the rest of her rotations. Gracie is back on the farm frequently. 

Payton Danner


Living and Working in New York City

After living in Vienna, Austria for a year as a Fulbright Scholar, Payton moved to New York City in September of 2019 and is now working at a hedge fund company. He lives in the neighborhood of Soho in Manhattan and is really enjoying exploring the city on the weekends. Between moving back to the States after two years in Europe, entering the working world and a tendon injury in June 2019 has been a very crazy year for Payton.

Clayton Stephens


Operations Assistant

My name is Clayton Stephens. I was raised on a farm in Upstate New York. I grew up raising and showing cattle, sheep and pigs. While in high school I was very active in FFA and was also member of the local 4-H. After graduating high school I attended college in Northern Oklahoma and majored in Animal Science. I currently live in Wapello, Iowa and still have livestock of my own. I am excited to be a part of the team here at Danner Farms and can’t wait to see what the future brings. 

Derek Honts

Operations Assistant

My name is Derek Honts and I grew up on a small farm west of Muscatine. Growing up I was involved in 4-H and FFA, where I raised livestock to show for county and state fair. I am a 2014 graduate of Muscatine High School. After completing high school, I attended Kirkwood Communinty College where I studied livestock production and farm management. Today I live on the farm where I run a cow-calf operation with my father and girlfriend. I look forward to being a part of the team at Danner Farms.