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First Mid Staff - Kankakee, IL

Farm Real Estate
John Pro Head ShotJohn Tammen
Kankakee Regional Office Manager
Phone: (815) 936-8976
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John graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. John has his AFM designation and is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker and licensed Indiana Real Estate Associate Broker. Before joining this organization’s predecessor bank in 1986, John farmed and ran “Strawberry Fields”, a U-pick produce operation. Prior to that experience he was a vocational agriculture teacher. John also has work experience in the production of blueberries and Christmas trees. John is experienced in providing real estate broker fair market value opinions and farmland market analysis.
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Joe Richie
Farm Management – Kankakee
Phone: (815) 936-8973
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Joseph M Richie joined First Mid Ag Services in May 2019 as an Assistant Vice President/Farm Manager in the Kankakee, IL office. Joe graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with a BS in Agribusiness Economics. Joe was born and raised in rural Livingston County and grew up working in the family owned fertilizer business. For the past 15 years he has been working as an Ag/Commercial Lender, the last three with First Mid Bank. Joe also graduated from the Community Bankers School in July 2011 and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in August 2016. Joe is currently enrolled in course work to become a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. Joe enjoys deer hunting, fishing, water skiing, and snow skiing. Joe and his wife Kristy live in rural Chebanse, Illinois with their children Ella & Blake.
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Michael Bernhard
Farm Management and Brokerage – Kankakee
Phone: (815) 936-8978
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Michael D. Bernhard joined First Mid Ag Services in April 2019 as an Assistant Vice President/Farm Manager in the Kankakee, IL office. He is a 2019 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Agronomy Management. Michael grew up on a grain farm near Mazon in Grundy County. He operates the farm with his family. Michael was involved in 4H and FFA growing up and is an active member of the Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau Young Leaders. Prior to First Mid Ag Services, Michael worked summers in seed corn production in Utica, IL. He is currently enrolled in course work to become a Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. He enjoys farming, shooting sports, and model farming and railroading in his free time.


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SteveSteve Jacob
Farm Management and Brokerage – Kankakee
Phone: (815) 936-8980
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Steve, a 1972 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in agricultural education, is licensed for real estate sales and brokerage in Illinois and Indiana. He has served this organization and predecessors in farm management for more than 40 years, including experience in agribusiness and farm lending. Steve also has practical experience in farming, and in fertilizer sales and service. Steve oversees all farm real estate activities in northern Illinois as manager of Ag Services’ regional Kankakee office location.


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DonDon McCabe
Farm Management and Brokerage – Kankakee
Phone: (815) 936-8979
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Don is a contracted consultant with First Mid Ag Services.  He was President of the organization’s predecessors First of America and Soy Capital Ag Services (1986-2014) and continues to work with special assignments and as a consulting advisor with the business.  Don has broad experience in strategic and financial planning, banking, trust administration, and finance, as well as in related farm and agricultural business management.

Don earned his Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation in 1975, and degrees at the University of IllinoisB.S., 1969, in agricultural economics and communication, and MBA, 1977.  He is an Illinois Real Estate Broker.  Don has served in a number of roles with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), including President of the Illinois chapter and national Board of Directors (2004), and General Chair of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Manager & Rural Appraisers’ (ISPFMRA) annual Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends project (2010-2014).  Don was the recipient of the ISPFMRA Professional Hall of Fame award for 2013 for significant contributions to both the organization and Illinois agriculture.

In addition to his current work with First Mid Ag Services, Don manages his family farmland and financial investment business with land in Illinois’ Livingston and Kankakee counties.
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