I grew up in the small Nebraska town of Red Cloud. Although I was a
town girl, I spent many hours at my Grandpa Jelinek’s farm, as well as my
uncle’s farm. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I majored in elementary and special education. I also have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. I used the classroom as a way to educate today’s youth about agriculture.
My husband Donald and I have a feedlot, and we grow corn and
soybeans, as well. We also grow rye as a cover crop that we utilize in our
cattle feeding operation. Don and I have five grown daughters, five sons-in- law and nine grandchildren.
When I am not helping Don on the farm, I keep busy with various
community and ag-related organizations along with substitute teaching.
I enjoy being involved in the “Ag Pen Pal” program because it is so fun to
answer students’ questions about life in the country.
I love sharing the story of our agricultural life and the safety of our food.