Gerald & Jayme Thompson
Gerald and Jayme started dating when they were in the 8th Grade at Saybrook-Arrowsmith Junior High. They have been married since 1983 and have three children, Tyler (wife, Suzanne), Reid (wife, Heather), and Amanda. Jayme is a Registered Nurse and works as an Administrator for Advocate Home Health Care.
Gerald began farming with his father, Don Thompson, in 1984. Gerald has been very active in the agriculture industry, serving on the McLean County Farm Bureau Board and representing District 7 on the Illinois Farm Bureau/COUNTRY Financial Board of Directors for ten years (2000-2010). Gerald and Jayme enjoy boating, traveling, and spending time with their family.
Gerald: B.S. – Agriculture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
Jayme: B.S. – Nursing, Illinois State University (1983)
Reid & Heather Thompson
Reid and Heather married in 2012. Heather grew up on a cash grain farm in McLean County, IL and since she and Reid were high school sweethearts, she also has spent a lot of time on the Thompson Family Farm. She is employed by GROWMARK, Inc. as the Manager of Digital Communications.
Reid has spent his entire life on the Thompson Family Farm. Reid is also currently employed as an Accredited Farm Manager and licensed real estate agent and auctioneer with Hertz Farm Management. Reid and Heather are active members of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Young Leaders group and Reid serves on the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader State Committee and is a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Reid and Heather have one son, Abe, born in September 2016. They are currently building a home on the family farmstead.
Reid: B.S. – Agriculture Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
Heather: B.S.- Communications & Political Science, Illinois College (2010); M.S. – Strategic Business Management, Indiana University (2015)
Tyler & Suzanne Thompson
Tyler and Suzanne married in June 2016. They live near Alamosa, Colorado where Tyler works as the manager of a Colorado State University Research Farm and Suzanne is a Speech Language Pathologist. They love coming home to help on the farm whenever they get the chance. They also enjoy waterskiing, traveling, and cooking together.
Tyler: B.S. – Biology, Illinois State University (2009); M.S. – Crop Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
Suzanne: B.A. – English & Spanish, University of Georgia, Athens (2011); M.A. – Speech-Language Pathology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Amanda is a Physical Therapist specializing in pediatric neurological cases in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Amanda loves spending time with her two dogs, Bruce and Brylee. She also enjoys hiking, climbing, and traveling as often as possible. She has a B.S. and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Louis University (2014).