Kate L. Danner is the President of Longley Farms. She and her father, John Longley, manage a 1,600-acre row crop operation in Western Illinois. They raise corn, soybeans, and parent soybeans for Pioneer. Kate’s goal is to double the farm’s production before the sixth generation takes over.
Kate graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with a triple major in Agronomy, Farm Management, and Environmental Studies. Since returning to the farm, she does all the planting in the spring, scouting in the summer, and trucking in the fall.
Kate is also responsible for financial records, managing employees, and marketing. Additionally, Kate completed two conservation projects in the last year; stream bank restoration and wetland preservation along the Edwards River.
Kate and her husband, Jason Danner, live in Aledo, Illinois. Jason has a field drainage tiling and excavation business. Kate and Jason help each other in each of their businesses. They are growing both of their businesses together. Kate and Jason are involved with the Mercer County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. Kate served on U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s Agriculture Advisory Committee and is currently on a federal advisory committee for USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.