Beginning in the early 2000’s, the farm continued its emphasis on conservation and improving the land which evolved into the farm doing all of its own land improvement including waterways, water sediment control structures, stabilization structures, surface and sub-surface drainage. This expertise and commitment eventually evolved into a land improvement business serving the surrounding communities as well as the farm’s needs.
By the late 2000’s, the family chose to convert most of its Illinois pastureland back to native prairie grass with a long term goal of creating a more pristine, sustainable, and environmentally sound farming operation. The conversion of the pastureland back to native prairie grass has allowed the farm to continue to strategically develop and manage each asset.
The Grigsby is located in West Central Illinois, which places it in the region of the country known nationally for large whitetail deer. The national notoriety for the region is complimented by the State of Illinois development of the 15,500 acre state park—The Jim Edgar Fish and Wildlife Area. It is purposefully managed for wildlife including whitetail deer, and abuts The Grigsby along its west property boundaries. In combination, these two large parcels represent nearly 30,000 contiguous acres which are intensely managed for trophy whitetail deer. This significantly contributes to the progression of the Grigsby’s management of the wildlife and habitat resources from efforts beginning with the Menard / Cass Hunt Club through the 1990’s and into the early 2000’s. These outfitting efforts eventually evolved into strategic alliances with Savage Outdoors and Mossy Oak.
As the family farming operation grew so has the grain facility located in the center of the property. Periodic expansions have occurred since its origin in the early 1990’s with the most rapid period of expansion taking place between 2010 and 2012. It was then the storage capacity grew from just under a million bushels of capacity to nearly two million bushels, with expanded wet receiving and drying capacity. The facility is well positioned to condition and segregate traded commodities meeting specific end user demand.
With the death of Robert Grigsby in 2006 and Alan Grigsby in 2012, Grigsby Family Farms opened a new chapter in the life of the farm. In 2015, the Grigsby Family made a major commitment to the swine industry by beginning construction of two wean-to-finish swine sites, one in Menard County and the other in Cass County. The Menard Site went into production in late 2015 with the Cass Site beginning production in early 2016. Both sites are permitted for 9,306 animal units. The manure from operations is stored in deep pits under the barns for later application to adjoining fields via the direct injection method. Manure, as an organic compound, in accordance with a nutrient management plan will replace nearly 100 percent of the commercial fertilizer on select fields where corn, soybeans, and wheat will be grown.
Grigsby Family Farms has a staff of supportive and committed employees, and through their hard work and devotion, we are looking forward to see what the future holds for the life of the farm. Harold and Joel continue to be actively involved in the daily operations as do several family members of the 5th generation. As the reins have been passed to the next generation, the Grigsby family commitment to farming with ingenuity, integrity, and quality remains strong.