Local Ag HOF inductees announced

By Gary Scott on March 13, 2015 at 7:20am

Two area farmers were inducted into the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Hall of Fame last night.

The induction happened at the 36th annual Agri-Industry Banquet at Hamilton’s and honored John Werries and Robert “Bob” Williams.

Werries currently farms 3,800 acres in Morgan County with his son. He’s been recognized for pork production and soil conservation, and was just this week awarded the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer award.

Williams was honored posthumously, and his wife and two sons accepted on his behalf. He was a member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and served as treasurer and chairman of the Morgan County Pork Producers. He was also an avid supporter of 4H and performed various other acts of community service.

Also last night, the Chamber presented the first Pioneer of Agriculture Award, recognizing Jacob Strawn, who was known in the 19th century as the Cattle King. He raised cattle, wheat and corn on 18,000 acres in Morgan and Sangamon Counties.