Ellis and Rita Yoder are one of the six couples who have been named to the 2021 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers.
The Yoders farm on the same homestead Ellis’ great-grandfather established in rural McPherson County in 1897. Ellis enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971, but his heart was always with the land back home. All total, he spent 28 years in the Air Force and Kansas Air National Guard, and over that time he slowly added ground and continued to farm between deployments.
Rita, a former Extension agent for McPherson County, was a stay-at-home mother, and community and church volunteer. She shares Ellis’ love of the land and the community.
It’s important to the Yoders that their three sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren grow up with a respect for the land and an eye to rebuilding the farm’s soil health for future generations.
Click through the photo gallery above for more photos and information about this Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker couple. And be sure to check back as we feature the other members of the class of 2021. The Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker awards will be presented in a ceremony this September at the Kansas State Fair.