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Master Farmer highlight: Paul Taylor

Sierra Day Holly Spangler presents Paul Taylor and his wife Barb the Master Farmer award
AWARD WINNER: Paul Taylor is a 2021 Master Farmer award winner. He and wife Barbara were recognized at the 2021 Farm Progress Show.
This 2021 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer has learned how to diversify and adapt while serving as a leader.

Paul Taylor of Esmond, Ill., is a 2021 Master Farmer award winner. Paul and seven other Master Farmers were recognized for their accomplishments at the Farm Progress Show on Sept. 2.

Today, Paul and wife Barbara raise 800 acres of corn and soybeans. In the past, he’s raised specialty vegetables, fed cattle and operated a farrow-to-finish hog farm. Paul was nominated by IL Corn.

Paul’s ability to diversify and adapt is not just by chance, but instead ambition.

“Being a farmer has been a dream of mine since my earliest memories,” Paul says. “Striving to learn more, improve our industry and to be a steadfast member of a local community are the guiding lights that have driven me.”

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 classes of Master Farmers were recognized at a combined awards program emceed by farm broadcaster Max Armstrong during the 2021 Farm Progress Show.

To learn more about what makes Paul an exceptional farmer, read his story. Also, be sure to watch his video below:


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