Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers raising farm kids, corn, soybeans, and seed corn with Andy’s family in north central Illinois. Katie grew up on a small farm raising cows, corn, beans and pigs and learned through 4-H and FFA, the value of listening and conversing with others about agriculture.
Today, Katie and Andy’s farm serves as a platform to talk to people from all walks of life – 4th graders from Chicago, John Deere dealers from France and teachers from local schools – about agriculture. In addition, Katie serves as the county’s ag literacy coordinator and pen pals with Chicago-area classes through the Adopt-A-Classroom program.
Katie was recently named as a Face of Farming & Ranching by the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and has spent the past year traveling and meeting with consumers, answering their questions and telling her farm story. She has learned there is room at the table for everyone’s farm story.