Staff Profile

Jill Siegel

Central Valley East FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Jill grew up on an 88-acre farm in northwest Illinois. While the main business that operated on that land and other nearby sites was a large hog confinement operation owned by her father, Jill was more directly involved with raising and showing Suffolk sheep. 4-H, county fairs, and bottle feeding lambs are all a part of her fond memories of growing up in the country.

Ties to agriculture have been a part of Jill’s family for generations. One grandfather was a large animal vet and the other grandfather was a cattle rancher. Her dad was appointed to and served on the National Pork Board for years and her oldest brother is a swine geneticist for a global pork producer. She is thrilled to be returning to her roots and helping high schoolers learn about all of the different careers available in agriculture!

Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Arizona in Tucson and taught first and second grades in Southern California prior to spending time at home to raise her children. She has called the Central Valley home for the past 15 years. She lives in Visalia with her husband, three children, two dogs, and three cats. Her middle child is even lobbying hard to add a pygmy goat to the family. You can take the girl off the farm, but she just might try to create a farm wherever she goes!