The Brown Family farm began in 1901 in the ownership of Bill’s great-grandparents, George W. and Mary Brown. After his great-grandparents, his grandparents (William Duff and Mary Brown) and parents (Lloyd and Jeanne Brown) farmed the land. Bill joined his father in 1974. Today the Browns raise corn and soybeans on 580 acres and custom feed 5000 head of finishing hogs annually. They also have a seed dealership with Kruger and Nu-Tech Seeds. Bill is the main operator of the farm. Corinne was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and has since cut back on her responsibilities on the farm. Bill and Corinne have five children. Daughters Erin, Emilie, and Erica are married and live off the farm. They have blessed them with six grandchildren. Son Mikale works in New Ulm and son Isaac works with Christensen Family Farm and helps on the family farm from time to time.
Bill is involved with the Corn and Soybean Associations, the Watonwan County Pork Producers, the Elder Board at the First Presbyterian Church, St. James, and the School Board at St. James School. Bill also has been involved with the WFS Nominating Committee and Watonwan County Planning and Zoning Commission. In his free time, Bill enjoys performing “Elvis” with a local band called the “Attitude”. Bill and Corinne are also very active as advocates for the ALS Association.