Our Great-grandfather, Jacob Hild (wife Fredericka Bollenger), began farming in the U.S. when they moved here from Germany in the late 1800s. He farmed the land where we currently live until his son Ernst Hild and wife Irene (Shellhammer) took over the operation in the 1920s. J Lee Hild (wife Leora Febus) followed in his father’s footsteps until the mid-90s when he passed the baton to Jim.
Hild Family Farms is currently under the management of Jim Hild and is located in central Illinois near Illiopolis. Situated in the “Golden Triangle”, our farms are in the area between Bloomington, Springfield, and Decatur, IL. In 1998 Jim was awarded First Runner-Up in the “Best-Managed Farms” nationwide competition sponsored by Farm Futures Magazine. Always on the cutting edge, Jim’s goal is to produce high-yielding corn and soybeans year after year. He and his wife Janis have three sons:
Shonn Hild is the owner of Hild Landscaping in Mattoon, IL. His wife Christy is the Principal at one of the Mattoon elementary schools. They have a son named Beckett and a daughter named Harper.
Jay Hild is employed by the USDA and his wife Nicole is a nurse. They live in Indianapolis, Indiana and have a daughter named Josie.
Adam Hild and his wife Madeline live in Springfield, IL. Adam studies history and works on the farm while Madeline is a nurse. They have a daughter named Audrey.
The Hild family hopes to continue a profitable farming business in central Illinois for many years to come. They want to make a difference in their community, while providing a stable, wholesome life for their children and grandchildren.
If you are interested in being a part of this progressive farm family, please contact us! We would consider it an honor to farm for you, and would treat your land with respect.