Nolls and the family farm

Mark and Joanne Noll

Five couples have been honored as the 2018 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. They were recognized at a banquet March 8 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

The statewide award program is in its 92nd year and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farmer magazine.

Mark and Joanne Noll have been named part of the Master Farmer Family Class of 2018.

Mark Noll graduated from Kansas State University with a master’s in swine management. After graduation, he joined his father on their livestock and crop operation. Mark is a 35-year member of St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council. He volunteered his time to travel with 4-Hers to state geology events. Also, Mark was part of the Brown-Nemaha County Pork Producers Board.

Joanne Noll earned a nursing degree from Marymount College in Salina. She currently trains employees in Brown County Developmental Services. Joanne served on the Hiawatha School Board and was instrumental in starting an education foundation for the district. Currently, she is a member of the Northeast Kansas Library Systems Executive Board.

Both Mark and Joanne share the workload on the farm. Joanne is responsible for the financial aspects and bookkeeping of the farming operation. Their operation consists of crop farming, finishing beef cattle, and a farrow-to-finish hog system. Though their main crops are corn and soybeans, they also use cover crops such as oats and rye. The Nolls have been labeled a preferred supplier by Hormel because of their high quality pigs.

The fifth-generation farm family centers their practices on improvement: “We take a practical, scientific approach to farming that puts focus on quality over quantity.”

Son Michael is the program director for the Texas Writers League of Austin. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their two sons Xavier and Elias, in Austin, Texas.

Son Aaron is an architect for Populace Firm. Aaron and his wife, Annie, have a son named Harrison.

Son Byron works in construction in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife, Stacia, have one daughter named Pippa.

Daughter Anna Akuretiya teaches eighth grade social sciences. She is married to Achala Akuretiya and they have a daughter, Zuri.

Son Ethan is an agronomist for Ag Partners Cooperative and works on the family farm. Ethan and his wife, Krista, live on the farm in Hiawatha.

Son Gabriel works in the telecom division for Black and Veatch. He and his wife, Cloe, live in Overland Park.

If you would like to watch the video about Mark and Joanne Noll it is at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=f7LVXkbHaPk.

Matt Young26 Posts

Matt Young is the Brown County Extension District director, as well as an agent in the area of agriculture and natural resources.

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