For our first FarmHer Friday of February, we’re recognizing the extraordinary Linda Hessman.

If you’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with Linda, we bet you have a story! Please share one in the comments…

Linda was Kansas Farmers Union’s vice president from 2016 to 2019 and had served on the board for more than two decades. She and Jerry farmed and raised a cow herd in a family partnership for 34 years in Ford County.

A past Kansas Wheat Commissioner, Linda is a Certified Mediator specializing in ag issues as well as being a national Farm Aid Advocate. Linda worked as Project Manager and Family Resource Specialist for the Kansas Rural Family Helpline, a non-profit direct service program dedicated to meeting the unique needs of rural Kansas families. She was the first woman to chair the Interfaith Rural Life Committee.

She is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious KFU Ruth Hirsh Award and the National Catholic Rural Life Award for her work with farm and ranch families developing programs for rural areas.

Below is a clip taken from @farmaid‘s documentary film, “Homeplace Under Fire,” which tells the story of the grassroots work of American farm advocates and their 30+ year fight to keep family farmers on the land.

Thank you, Linda, for all you’ve done to support Kansas family farmers and our rural communities!

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