Derek and Katie Sawyer are the fourth generation to own and operate the family farm in McPherson County, Kan. The couple has grown the farm to include additional acres, cattle facilities and pasture ground.

Derek manages the daily operations as well as the bookkeeping and purchasing. He has also grown his registered Angus herd and is excited to continue growth in that business. His father continues to work on the farm, providing his insight, expertise and elbow grease.

Katie works full-time off the farm but provides support when she can in the form of food and advocacy. She provides meals, rides between fields and assistance, when possible. She also blogs about her experiences on the farm at

The couple has two sons, Evan and Owen.

The Sawyers have been involved with the Farm Bureau organization at the county, state and federal level and Derek currently serves on the Kansas Wheat Commission.