Jess and Laryce Schwieterman of Syracuse, Kan., are one of the six couples who have been named to the 2021 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Farm Homemakers.
This young farm couple has spent nearly 30 years building their farm bit by bit in far western Kansas. They raise wheat and row crops using no-till and other conservation practices. But when they started out, they thought their career paths would lead them into the animal science fields. Opportunities opened up to farm in Hamilton County, where Jess grew up, and they took those opportunities as they came along.
The couple’s farming enterprise consists of raising crops, operating a custom application business, and selling certified wheat seed and dealing Hoegemeyer seeds.
Ten years ago, they learned their daughter, Avery, had cerebral palsy. Instead of letting it define their lives, they say Avery’s unique needs have brought them closer to each other, and closer to their community.
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.