John Warner, IV

John Warner, IV was born and raised in the farming community of Clinton.  He graduated from The Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH and from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.

In 1977, John began employment at The John Warner Bank of Clinton, Illinois – the fifth generation to join the family business. Starting in the book keeping department and working up through the ranks, John became Chairman and CEO, serving in that capacity for nearly a decade.  In 1984 John was appointed managing trustee of the C.H. Moore Trust Estate and oversaw the management of farm properties across six Midwestern states. He held this position until the Trust’s termination in 1996.

John has served as a Trustee of Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois and has been a member of the Agricultural Economics Advisory Council of the College of Agriculture, University of Illinois.

He was instrumental in establishing an Environmental Studies course at The Phillips Exeter Academy and served as one of its instructors. He has also lectured at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, on matters pertaining to American agriculture and the environment.


Jonah Kolb

Jonah leads the day-to-day operations of Moore & Warner Ag Group and works with private and institutional investors to build and manage direct farmland portfolios.  He also advises start-ups, corporations, and investment funds pursuing opportunities in production agriculture and agribusiness.

Jonah has held positions in agribusiness, consulting, private equity and finance, including at Cargill and the global investment firm D. E. Shaw & Co in New York.

Jonah holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was an Austin Scholar, and he graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, where he was a Henry David Thoreau and Morris K. Udall Scholar. Jonah is a President of the Board of Trustees of the Vespasian Warner Public Library.

Jonah is a Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker with Moore & Warner Farm Real Estate, LLC.



Kent Bangert is a 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics.  Kent was raised on a grain and livestock farm near Taylorville, Illinois, and has over 30 years’ experience working with corporate and individual clients as a professional farm manager.

Kent has served on the Advisory Committee to the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics’ Farmdoc program.

Kent is a Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker and serves as managing broker of Moore & Warner Farm Real Estate, LLC.



Joe Peterson manages farms throughout Illinois, Kansas and Colorado, handling diverse crop production and leasing arrangements on irrigated and non-irrigated acres.  Joe brings a lifetime of farming experience to Moore & Warner, and continues to manage an independent farming enterprise as an owner/operator.  Joe stays abreast of professional farm management through continuing education and experience, focusing on key issues in his respective management regions.

Joe has pursued coursework in commodity marketing, futures trading and computerization at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL and is a graduate of Clinton Community High School.



Frazier Curless is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural and Consumer Economics – Farm Management.

While attending college, Frazier held positions with several agribusinesses including Ag Plus Developments, Cargill, Hertz Farm Management and  INTL FCStone, where he gained experience in production agriculture, grain origination, farm management and real estate brokerage, as well as commodity risk management.

Frazier is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and serves as a farm manager at Moore & Warner Farm Real Estate, LLC.



Hilary Shaw is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and serves as the office manager for Moore & Warner Farm Real Estate, LLC.  She graduated cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Hilary has worked as an accountant since graduating in 1998.  She was raised in Shelbyville, Illinois and has made Clinton her home since 2002.





Bob Ballenger plays an integral role in Moore & Warner’s successful operation overseeing facilities and administration. He also provides assistance on various projects on-and-off the farm, as well as maintaining the Moore & Warner office building.

Prior to the establishment of Moore & Warner Farm Management, Bob served over 23 years in the U.S. Army, including the Illinois National Guard. A Clinton High School graduate, Bob is a hometown resident of Clinton.




Amanda Wrage is an Administrative Assistant with Moore & Warner Farm Real Estate, LLC. She graduated from Richland Community College on the Dean’s with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences and Certificate in Radiology Technology. Amanda has a decade of administrative and executive assistant experience in both the medical and legal fields, and supported a large team of attorneys at State Farm’s corporate office before joining Moore & Warner.