As we continue our search for the new Faces of Farming & Ranching, we wanted to take a moment with each of the current Faces to reflect on what the experience has brought, both for them and for their work as farming & ranching advocates and leaders!

We asked Katie Pratt to answer a few questions about her experience as one of the Faces of Farming & Ranching.

What has been the most memorable or meaningful part of your Face of Farming & Ranching experience?

Being one of the Faces of Farming & Ranching has allowed me to reach consumer audiences I would never have access to before. I was able to have discussions with individuals from all different parts of the Food Chain. One of the most memorable experiences was attending the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference (MUFSO). I had great conversations with restaurant and cafeteria operators about the challenges farmers and ranchers face in answering questions about how food is grown and raised. Being able to discuss with them questions they were receiving from their customers and to talk about how we can work together to help consumers better understand their food choices was extremely impactful. We really formed a kinship listening to and understanding each other’s challenges.

Tell us one thing you have learned in your role as a Face of Farming & Ranching.

I feel braver about putting myself out there and telling my farm’s story knowing there is a community out there in agriculture to back me up.

What one piece of advice would you like to offer the 2014 Faces of Farming & Ranching?

If you are passionate about agriculture and have a story to tell about your farm or ranch, which I know we all do, then I would encourage you to apply! Being a Face of Farming & Ranching really helps elevate your efforts to the next level.

Watch Katie's Faces of Farming & Ranching video here, learn more about her work here, and apply to be one of the next Faces of Farming & Ranching here!