John & Sherrie Larimer, Founders of Lord’s Seed
John and Sherrie Larimer have three children whom all have active roles in Lord’s Seed. John is the fifth generation to farm in the Greenfield Township area.
John started his farming career in 1973 farming 200 acres in partnership with his father, Wayne, after attending Purdue University. That same year he and Sherrie got married. The farm operation was general farming with hogs, cattle, corn, wheat, hay, and soybeans. During the mid-’70s he and Sherrie had three children as the farm business began to grow. In 1980 the operation began growing its first seed corn crop, 250 acres. In 1985, the operation, (God’s Acres) joined Great Lakes Hybrids and stayed with them until 2000. By that time, John and Sherrie had bought out John’s parents in 1989 and changed the business name to Lord’s Seed. In 2001, the three children became owners and managers of the operation. By 2013, Lord’s Seed with John operating as President grew more than 2% of the US corn supply.
John has served on local and state Farm Bureau boards, the local extension board, Lakeland School Board, LaGrange and Orland Chambers of Commerce, LaGrange Economic Development Corp., and has held many different positions at Brighton Chapel Church.
Sherrie Strawser married John in October of 1973. She worked as a stay-at-home mom and homemaker for the first 10 to 15 young years of their three children, Mark, David, and Rebekah. She began working with her husband in their trucking company, JML Transport, along with helping on the farm with John and his parents. She served on the LaGrange County Farm Bureau as women’s leader and then the State Young Farmers committee with John. She has been active in her church serving as a deaconess and elder’s wife in the past and now teaches Sunday school along with also serving on the women’s ministry committee. Sherrie enjoys spending time with her 10 grandchildren.