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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
Yoder Visits the Farm
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
June 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.







Derek shows Rep. Kevin Yoder a head of wheat from one of our fields outside McPherson. The Congressman visited our farm last weekend.

Derek shows Rep. Kevin Yoder a head of wheat from one of our fields outside McPherson. The Congressman visited our farm last weekend.



Derek and I were honored to welcome Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican representing the state’s 3rd Congressional district, this past weekend. The Congressman is on the appropriations committee and is therefore responsible for funding the farm bill crafted by the agriculture committee. 

Yoder grew up on a farm in Reno County, Kan., but spent two days reconnecting with farmers and ranchers across the state in an effort to learn more about agriculture and how he can best serve the state.

Thinking he would want to talk policy, Derek and I had our facts and figures ready. But the Congressman wanted to know how we operated our farm and livestock and how some of Washington’s decisions and policies (ex. the health insurance mandate) will affect our farm and all of rural America.

It was great to meet and speak with the Congressman and I know that we have yet another advocate in Washington.

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