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Pratt in running to be face of farming

Katie Pratt
Katie Pratt

DIXON – She doesn’t wear coveralls or a Carhartt jacket.

She doesn’t drive a tractor.

But Katie Pratt is a farmer.

Pratt, who raises corn, soybeans and seed corn with her husband, Andy, and his parents at Grand Prairie Farms southeast of Dixon, is a finalist for the Faces of Farming and Ranching, a search for national agriculture spokesmen and women.

Pratt hopes to continue a long family tradition of telling stories; the Pratts have welcomed industry groups, farmers, teachers, students and consumers to their farm for decades.

Pratt, who also is the Lee County agriculture literacy coordinator, would draw on her experience and industry connections to “authentically and without pretense” represent agriculture. She believes her role as a wife and mother to two children, ages 7 and 5, in addition to her experience on the farm, would help her connect with consumers.

“It’s overwhelming and little unnerving for me, but the goal is just to put a face to farming so they have a trusted source when they have questions about where their food comes from,” she said.

Pratt is one of nine finalists for the position. The public is invited to vote for the person they believe should be one of the Faces of Farming and Ranching between now and mid-December. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will announce winners in early January.

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