Source: Hertz Farm Management

Hertz Farm Management, Inc., has announced that Steven Wirth will merge his business, Wirth Ag Services, Inc. located at Kankakee, Ill., with Hertz effective January 1, 2011.

This marks Hertz Farm Management's 15th office and further expands its presence in Illinois, adding more than 11,000 acres under management.

"The Kankakee office is strategically located between our DeKalb, Geneseo and Monticello offices and also expands our presence in northern Illinois and the Chicagoland suburbs," said Loyd Brown, president of Hertz Farm Management. "We are excited to welcome Steve and his clients into the Hertz family and look forward to what we can accomplish together."

With more than 40 years of experience as a professional farm manager and broker, including 32 years working in the Kankakee community, Wirth founded Wirth Ag Services in 1995. He will continue in his role as a land broker and land investment and management consultant, and will be joined by Eric Wilkinson, who is relocating from Hertz's Monticello office to further strengthen the office's services. Previous Wirth Ag Services office administrator Nancy Treankler will also join the Hertz team in Kankakee, which will maintain its current location at 200 E. Court St.

Established in 1946, Hertz Farm Management specializes in professional farm management, farm real estate sales, real estate auctions, land acquisitions, consulting, and farm appraisals throughout the Midwest. Hertz manages more than 500,000 acres of land located in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado.