William is from Springfield, Illinois. He is a self-employed crop consultant and organic vegetable grower. William directs Central Illinois Agriculture Research Farms, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on agriculture research for the expansion of sustainable farming methods. He is involved with other organizations including Illinois Specialty Growers, and servers as a Certified Crop Advisor on the American Society of Agronomy. William believes local foods give consumers the opportunity to enjoy the flavor, freshness, and wholesomeness of naturally ripe produce while also helping to stimulate the local economy.