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Katie Pinke


Katie Pinke, Agweek publisher and general manager, is evidence of rural America’s capabilities. From rural North Dakota, she works as the publisher and general manager of Agweek. Katie and her team create daily digital ag news, a weekly magazine, and regional television show that showcases agriculture “from field to fork” and investigates important issues for the farming and ranching community. The fifth-generation farmers' daughter spent more than 12 years in marketing, then ventured out on her own as a communications consultant and event speaker before joining Agweek full-time in 2016. In addition to her Agweek duties, she remains a keynote speaker across North America. Katie and her husband have three children and own a small business. Outside of her work, Katie is a 4-H leader and active community volunteer.

Since 2015, Katie’s weekly Agweek column takes on family, rural life, motherhood, career, community and more. Connect with her on her Pinke Post Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram, where along with insightful takes on rural life and agriculture she shares the beauty of North Dakota, from sunrises to sunsets and ball games to barnyards.

"Last week, I experienced two widely different new experiences on the same day: witnessing my first harvest of a new crop and watching Elizabeth at her first state golf meet in a new sport."
Thomas Shephard's favorite part of harvest is the people he does it alongside as there are a lot of jobs to do and the people who he works with are the ones who get it done.
Nick Stromme recently gave a beeswax candle and beehive demonstration a local 4-H meeting. Stromme increased his family's beehives from 500 to 3,500 growing the commercial honey business while he and his wife Lisa also utilize the by-products of wax and bee pollen for new products they sell locally.
“An ideal buyer would have a good understanding of the food industry and an entrepreneurial mindset that allows the business to continuously grow," said Mary Hodny, current owner of Leo's Potato Dumplings. "They must also have the insight and open-mindedness to see its potential.”
How many people would go hungry if we break up big ag, like a bumper sticker said? My simple answer is billions. Billions with a “B.”
"An indoor harvest meal reminded me, in this season, I feel the luckiest."
Ditterich Mercantile recently opened to fill a need for a grocery store in Vergas, Minnesota. It's an example of community innovation and passion.
"Travel again. Carve out time with your loved ones. Go see a corner of America you have yet to visit. Adventure awaits … and the work is still here when you come home."
Katie Pinke and her family recently reconnected with a nurse who cared for her son after a spinal cord injury.
"American life is not bleak, in my opinion. If you want to find the goodness, the Americana we love, go out and experience rural America."