Mike Builta was raised on a family farm near Bellflower, Illinois. He was an active FFA member and graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics – marketing and a master’s degree in crop sciences. He worked in seed sales before joining the GROWMARK System in 1997. He served as general manager of Christian County Farmers Supply Company in Taylorville, Illinois, and GRAINCO FS in Ottawa, Illinois, before becoming GROWMARK vice president of Energy and Logistics in 2018. He passed away unexpectedly in April 2019.
Mike’s wife Sheila and daughters Haley and Kelsey wish to honor his memory by providing 100 FFA jackets to Illinois FFA members – 25 each year from 2019-2022. FFA was a huge influence in Mike’s life and career, and he would be pleased to help future students have the opportunity to wear the blue jacket just as he did.