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 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.
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.
I grew up on my family's farm near Williamsburg, Iowa. Throughout my time spent there, I helped with the production of corn, soybeans, oats, hay, rye, sorghum, swine, poultry, and beef cattle. After graduating from high school I attended Kirkwood Community College and obtained an associate degree in Agribusiness. I then transferred to Iowa State University after completing my program at Kirkwood and obtained my bachelor's in Agronomy while also minoring in Agricultural Systems Technology. Ever since I can remember I have always had a strong passion for agriculture and to this day I cannot imagine myself working within any other industry.
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.