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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
July 28, 2013 5:15 p.m.



Evan and DerekIt’s Sunday afternoon. With church and lunch done for the day, my son is playing on the floor, my husband is “watching the NASCAR race,” which is code for napping and I’m mentally running through all the things I should be doing but putting off for another day.

It’s been raining here all night and most of today. The inch or so we have received is on top of about two inches of rain we received earlier this week. The rain has been a welcomed site for everyone, especially area farmers who just a few weeks ago were  try to push away thoughts of continued drought and a second year of failed dryland fall crops.

But the rain delivers more than the obvious moisture for the crops, ponds and pastures. It brings a much-needed respite for the area’s hardworking farmers and ranchers. For the first time in I can’t remember how long, my husband spent an entire weekend at home. No pulling sprinklers from well-worn ruts or running the tractor through newly harvested wheat fields. No work, just lazy Sunday afternoons and hours of family time. It’s rare that my husband is home for an entire day – even on the weekends. There are no office hours or set work schedules on the farm. And you will be hard-pressed to find a farmer that doesn’t always have something they need to be doing. Even on weekends, he’s at the farm for more than a couple of hours.

I am truly thankful for the rain, for the moisture it delivers to the crops, for the refreshment it provides for our cattle and, most importantly, for the family and rest time it allows my husband.

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