Kellie is a soybean, corn, cattle and pig farmer in Webster County, near Dayton. She is a proud conservationist, agronomist and “agvocate.” Kellie and her husband AJ were both raised on Century Farms in Iowa and enjoy raising their two young children on their family farm.
“There’s nothing quite like being home on the farm. I am thankful to be raising our family here,” she says.
The Blairs strive for continual improvement of their soil and water quality. Kellie devotes much of her free time to working with agriculture organizations, sharing insights on farming and biotechnology with consumers and gaining education about new research for on-farm decision making. Kellie is also active in working with policy development to ensure legislation affects the farm in a positive way that is beneficial for all Iowans.
Kellie is passionate about telling the story of Iowa agriculture and is always willing to answer questions about all things farming, food and family. She shares stories from the farm on her blog, Home Again Finnegan.
Anyone who eats has a connection to the things Darcy is most passionate about, including food, farming and Iowa history. Darcy is a fifth-generation corn and soybean farmer in Calhoun County, near Yetter. Her younger brother, Jason, is the primary farm operator, while her father plays a key management role. While Darcy helps run the tractor or combine throughout the year, she focuses on serving as "Chief Information Officer," where she handles media interview requests and serves as the farm spokesperson.
Beyond the farm, Darcy is an Iowa State University graduate who runs her own marketing communications company and is a published author. As "Iowa's Storyteller" she's published three non-fiction, illustrated Iowa history books in the past few years, including Calhoun County, Dallas County and A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More.
An avid home cook, Darcy’s culinary journey has been featured in “Our Iowa” magazine. She has cooked with “American Idol” winner and restauranteur Taylor Hicks during the Iowa episode of the national TV program “State Plate.” She is also a food writer and blogger whose work appears in a variety of media outlets, including Farm News.
Darcy has won blue ribbons at the Calhoun County Fair, the Clay County Fair and the Iowa State Fair for her molasses cookies and mixed-berry jam. She's also a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judge, has judged the Best Burger in Iowa contest and knows her way around a great piece of pork or beef.
Blogs Featuring Darcy's Food & Farm
Darcy chronicles adventures from her farm in the Iowa Food & Family Project's Farm Life Journal blog series. Each month, she provides insights on modern agriculture, passes along her tried-and-true recipes, and captures the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets that can only be viewed from the tractor cab.
"I love to share my stories through the Iowa Food & Family Project," Darcy says. "This organization understands the power of food to put a face on farming, bring people together and showcase what makes Iowa such an exceptional place to call home."
Darcy's Farm Life Journal blogs - 2018