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.