White House Honors Young Illinois Soybean Producer Kate Danner
Date Posted: August 4, 2014
Bloomington, IL—Diversity within farming and the ability of the next generation to meet challenges were topics of conversation at the July 29 Champions of Change event at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Kate Danner, a 25-year-old farmer from Aledo, Ill., represented the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) at the agriculture event, which hosted about 200 young farmers and ranchers from across the U.S.
"We know the number of farmers is declining in the U.S., so it is important that farmers in my generation have open conversations with our leaders.
"It will help us keep farming and feeding people around the world," says Danner.
"I'm honored to be selected for Champions of Change in agriculture.
"Although topics like hydroponics and urban farming will be part of agriculture's future, conventional farming remains a vital part of the story.
"That's where I fit."
The weekly Champions of Change event invites people from across the country who are doing extraordinary things in their communities and industry to "share their ideas to win the future."
Fifteen of the attendees are selected to sit in on a discussion with President Barack Obama.
While Danner was not part of the panel discussion, she still found the experience valuable.
"It was eye-opening to see the diversity in agriculture and to hear challenges farmers and ranchers face across the country.
"We talked about supporting each others' efforts to build a stronger agricultural system," says Danner.
"As a young farmer, I want to share what I do on my farm and build trust with consumers so they feel confident in their food purchases."
Danner is a fifth-generation farmer at Longley Farms in Aledo, Ill., where she works with her father growing soybeans and corn.
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