Katie Pratt

Ambassador Expert

Katie Pratt

Farmer, Illinois

Katie is a fourth generation family farmer and along with her husband, Andy, is 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. In addition to hosting their adopt-a-classroom class from Chicago, the family has welcomed teachers, international implement dealers and bloggers to the farm. Katie serves as the county’s ag literacy coordinator. She routinely shares her family’s farm story on her blog The Illinois Farm Girl at theillinoisfarmgirl.com. Through social media she strives to share a positive message about American agriculture and the choices both farmers and consumers share when it comes to food.

From this Expert

Posted on: February 28, 2018
Response from Katie Pratt, Farmer, Illinois • March 21, 2018
Quite simply, genetically modified crops have given us farmers the ability to do more with less. On our farm we have seen a decrease in use of fuel because we are not in our fields as much; our pesticide use has decreased. We have been able to incorporate cover crops, no-till and other conservation methods more freely because we've been able to control weed, pest and disease pressure better with genetically modified seed. Moving forward, I see genetically modified crops providing more... Read More
Posted on: April 12, 2017
Response from Katie Pratt, Farmer, Illinois • July 21, 2017
GMOs aren't really added directly to the meat, beef.  However, beef cattle may consume feed that comes from a genetically modified plant. All beef cattle begin their lives on a farm or ranch, grazing pasture or grass - none of which is considered a GMO. For many cows this will be their sole source of feed for their lifetime. Some cattle receive rations of grain, which may contain corn or soybeans, both of which have genetically modified hybrids and varieties. ... Read More
Posted on: August 9, 2015
Response from Katie Pratt, Farmer, Illinois • April 13, 2016
The short answer is there is no difference. We’ve been raising seed corn for Wyffels Hybrids, a regional family-owned company, for more than 20 years. Seed corn is the seed that farmers, including us, will purchase to plant the following year. During the past few growing seasons we have grown conventional, gmo and non-gmo seed for them. Regardless of the type, growing seed is a complex process.   First, we work with our neighbors to learn what they will be planting in their fields... Read More
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