Danner Represents Young Illinois Farmers at USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Pictured with session panelists (L to R): Autumn Veazy, Land O’Lakes; Debbie Hamrick, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation; Krysta Harden, USDA deputy secretary of agriculture; Kate Danner, Illinois farmer; and Leslie Wheelock, USDA.

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – Feb. 21, 2014 – Kate Danner, an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Soy Ambassador from Roseville, Ill., shared her journey to a career in agriculture at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., Feb. 20.

Danner uncovered her passion for farming when searching for a career path in college.  She graduated from Iowa State University in 2012, and is currently farming alongside her father, John Longley, growing soybeans and corn near Aledo, Ill.  As a panelist for the special session “A Roadmap for Women in Agriculture” during the Forum, Danner described what it’s like as a young farmer and her plans for the future.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website