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Kevin Brooks

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Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator

127 S High St Ste 1 Havana IL 62644-1496

(309) 543-3308
Program Areas
Commercial Agriculture

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Kevin Brooks became the farm business management and marketing educator serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties in 2022. He previously served in this role from 2000 to 2011 in Effingham and Champaign counties.

Kevin grew up on a corn and hog farm in Iowa. He received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture business from Truman State University and his master of science degree from University of Missouri in agriculture education.

Kevin is a fully licensed managing real estate broker in Mahomet, Illinois. He has professionally managed and consulted on over 25,000 acres of farmland and marketed grain for farm management customers as a professional farm management and trust officer.  Kevin has taught Farm Management, Agri Business Management, Crop Science, Crop Production, Soil Science, Pesticide Application, Grain Marketing, and General Horticulture at the college level.

Kevin holds agriculture teaching certifications in Illinois and Missouri. He is also a commercially licensed UAS (drone) pilot holding an FAA Part 107 license. He has worked in agricultural input sales (farm chemicals and seed) and is trained in agronomy through Purdue University and Iowa State University. Early in his career he worked for USDA, as a Farm Management Specialist, working primarily on farm loan analysis.


  • Farm Business Financial Analysis
  • Farmland Leasing
  • Risk Management
  • Farm Information Organization
  • Farm Record Keeping
  • Grain Marketing and Inventory Management
  • Farm Information Management
  • International Agriculture
  • Farmland Evaluation
  • Farm Drainage Analysis
  • Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Analysis
  • Soil Compaction
  • Farm Neighbor Relations
  • Farm Business Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Farm Succession
  • USDA Commodity Program Education
  • Farmland Values
  • Crop Budgets
  • Loan Analysis
  • Farm Drone Use
  • Organic Certification
  • Managing Organic Grains
  • Market Organic Grains

Current Projects and Demonstrations

  • Farm Information Management Systems
  • Farm Drainage Economic Analysis
  • Practical Applications of Drones in Agriculture
  • Farm Flex Leasing

Current Issues

  • Specialized Markets
  • Carbon Credits and Agriculture
  • Intergenerational Farm Transfer
  • Risk Management
  • Managing Information in a Rapidly Changing Economy


  • Quicken for Farm Record Keeping
  • Grain Marketing Boot Camp
  • Farm Computers


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