Joliet man featured in brewer’s magazine

The latest issue of The New Brewer magazine features a new advertisement from Briess, an organization of growers of grains used for brewing. Joe Yedlicka, a Joliet-area farmer and rancher is introduced in the ad.
The organization decided it was time to dive deeper and introduce readers to the people behind the malt. Briess works with a network of over 300 barley growers located in America’s premium barley growing regions. These men and women handle the barley as meticulously in the field as Briess does in the malthouse, according to their ad. The hard work and dedication by the farmers runs year-round, from prepping fields to spring planting, to fall harvest.
Yedlicka is married to his wife, Lisa, originally from Laurel. He is a fourth-generation Montanan who farms and ranches on the original homestead. His great-grandfather bought the farm from a Crow Indian in 1897 after immigrating to the U.S. from Rahicany, Bohemia, or what is now the Czech Republic. In college Yedlicka worked part-time for UPS year-round and several summers at a local golf course. After graduating from Montana State University-Billings with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he and his wife moved back to the family farm. They will be celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary in April. Yedlicka farms with his dad and brother Kevin. They grow malt barley, corn, hay and raise Angus cattle. Yedlicka is a director on four irrigation canal companies, a director on the local fire board, a volunteer fireman, member of the local FFA alumni and on the Briess grower advisory committee.
“I enjoy the challenges of a new crop year and try to learn from my mistakes of the past and build on my successes for the future,” he said.

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