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Kansas Master Farmer couple finds joy in the land

Slideshow: John and Sharon Hendricks take pride in their family and the land they farm near Bird City.

John and Sharon Hendricks of Bird City, Kan., are one of the six couples who have been named to the 2021 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Farm Homemakers.

John Hendricks graduated from Kansas State University, where he was enrolled in ROTC. During the Vietnam War, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served two years in South Korea. He returned from his military service to farm with his father, Sigfred. When his father died in 1973, John continued farming, following the progressive tactics his father had already begun. The family had one of the first pivot irrigation systems in Cheyenne County in 1964, and they had begun adopting stubble mulch tillage, which eventually evolved into the no-till system they use today.

John and Sharon married in 1973, raising their three sons — David, Chad and Nathan — on the farm. The couple says they relied on Kansas Farm Management Association analysis to help make sound decisions that helped grow the farm’s acreage.

When David and Chad graduated from K-State, the two came back to the farm to form the Hendricks Brothers Partnership. Their brother Nathan is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. With their parents’ mentorship, David and Chad started acquiring additional farm ground. That allowed John and Sharon to gradually transfer farm ground and management of the farm to the next generation.

Click through the photo gallery above for more photos and information about this Kansas Master Farmer and Farm Homemaker couple. And be sure to check back as we feature the other members of the class of 2021.


Be sure to read about each of the members of the new class of Kansas Master Farmers and Farm Homemakers here:

Kevin and Vera Schultz story: Cattle, service to others is Schultz family brand

Kevin and Vera Schultz photo album: Faith, family and Herefords is Schultz brand

Ellis and Rita Yoder story: Yoders grounded in respect for land, community

Ellis and Rita Yoder photo album: Yoder family emphasizes family legacy, farm improvement

Jay and Stacy Rezac: Rezacs attribute family farm success to teamwork

Rezac photo album: Teamwork is the key for Rezac family 

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