State Line Farms is a fourth generation farming operation started in 1928 by Hyta Wright. Hyta’s grandson, Mark Wright, and his stepson, Matt Sims, are involved in the operation of the farm today. Hyta began farming with 208 acres of rented ground, which we still farm today. Another 550 acres have been rented for over 70 years. The farm name has evolved over the years from Wright Farms, to Wright Sims Farms to today’s State Line Farms. As evidenced by the ongoing trust put in us to rent these farms, State Line Farms will take care of your property. Beyond the initial rented acreage, State Line Farms has continued to grow. State Line Farms feels fortunate to be a growing operation, as landowners – particularly investors and retiring producers – are coming to us asking to be caretakers of their land. This is a responsibility we don’t take lightly.
Matt, step-son of Mark Wright, worked part time on the farm during high school and college. After graduating from Seeger High School in 1997 and Purdue University in 2001, Matt worked as an industrial engineer until coming back to work for Mark on the farm in 2005. Matt now is General Manager of State Line Farms. Matt’s wife Stacey, a former kindergarten teacher, is a stay-at-home mom for their son Cooper and daughter Courtney, and is involved in public relations for the farm. Cooper, born in 2010, and Courtney, born in 2015, will hopefully be the fifth generation to join the family farm. The Sims family currently resides in Danville, IL.
This year, Matt received the Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award for 2015! This award recognizes a producer, under the age of 35, who demonstrates excellence in the business of farming. This includes marketing, farm finance, technology, as well as family and employee relations. Matt is the fourth winner of this prestigious award. Click here to read the full story.
Mark and Colleen Wright
The third generation on the family farm, Mark grew up involved in farming. He graduated from Seeger High School and majored in agriculture economics at Purdue University. In 1972, he began farming on a full-time basis with his father Carl Wright. Mark was general manager of the farm after his father’s death in 1995 until 2013. He continues as operations manager today. Mark serves as an elder in his church, has served on the Warren County (IN) County Council and has served as a supervisor for the Warren County Soil and Conservation District. Colleen and her son Matt moved to the farm when Mark and Colleen married in 1987. Colleen is assistant general manager/marketing manager of Cellular One of East Central Illinois and works on various farm projects. Mark and Colleen have four children and nine grandchildren.
Cole joined State Line Farms in September 2014 as a full-time Equipment Operator and was promoted in October 2016 to Operating Manager (OM). Cole came to State Line Farms after working for John Deere. Cole is a great asset to State Line Farms as he is an extremely skilled mechanic and has taken full ownership of his OM role. Cole is married to his wife, River, and lives only a few miles from the State Line Farms shop and office.
Mike started working for State Line Farms in the fall of 2012 driving a semi. Mike is a seasonal employee of CPS, as well. He is a retired teacher. Mike lives in West Lebanon, IN.
Keith started working part-time for State Line Farms in the fall of 2013. Keith is employed full-time at Quaker Oats, in Danville IL and works at State Line Farms in the Spring and Fall. Keith does mowing, tillage, spraying, truck driving and just about anything asked of him. Keith has a wife and two children and lives just 3 miles from the State Line Farm Shop. Keith has been a lifelong resident of Warren County, IN.
Max is State Line Farms’ Equipment Operator and Farm Hand. Max is from and has lived all his life in the Danville, IL / Covington, IN area.
8388 South 1075 West
PO Box 9
State Line, IN 47982
The State Line Farms Shop and Office is located on the southeast side of State Line, Indiana. The land farmed is in Vermilion and Iroquois Counties in Illinois, and Warren and Fountain Counties in Indiana.