​Michael Houston grew up on his family's farm in Golden, Illinois, where they grew corn and soybeans. Michael attended Central High School in Camp Point, Illinois and graduated in May of 2014. After high school, Michael attended Western Illinois University where he majored in Agriculture Business with a minor in agronomy.  He first joined the Prairieland FS while still attending college as a summer crop scout.  In the summer of 2017, Michael was a Growmark intern based out of the Jacksonville, IL office. After graduation, Michael joined the Prairieland FS team full time as the Precision Farming Specialist. In Michael free time he enjoys hunting and fishing. He competes in trap shoot and skeet in the summer. Michael has won state and placed 2nd at national for trap shooting. ​​