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2023 Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year: Matt and Jennifer Grabbe


By Kansas Farm Bureau


Matt and Jennifer Grabbe are a 2023 Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year. The Grabbes farm in Ellis, Rush, Ness and Trego counties with Matt’s mom and brother. They’ve raised their sons, Wyatt and Mark, on their farm and their hope is for them to return to the operation someday. The Grabbes farm predominately wheat and milo, along with corn, soybeans, alfalfa and feed for cattle. They also run a cow-calf herd and a backgrounding feed yard where they purchase cattle from producers and manage them until they enter the feedlot for finishing. ⁠

Over the past five years the Grabbes have been involved in the national wheat yield contest and have placed 2nd in the state. Matt and his brother recently began a business selling Becks seed and WinBiologics products that consist of nitrogen stabilizers, foliar fertilizers and spray additives. ⁠

The Grabbes are committed to giving back to their community. Jennifer is a special education teacher and volunteers for the “Night to Shine” prom for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and volunteers for the annual Special Olympics events in Hays. Jennifer, Wyatt and Mark take part in Salvation Army’s ringing the bells program during the holiday season and the boys have volunteered at the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. Matt is the assistant chief of Ellis County Company 8 volunteer fire department, and along with others in the community, helped organize an annual antique tractor pull to help fund the city park in Schoenchen. ⁠

Matt has served as the Ellis County Farm Bureau president for the last 10 years and currently serves on the state resolutions committee. He has also served on the beef advisory committee. Matt and Jennifer have seen many changes since they’ve started farming but continue to see a strong future for agriculture even with the difficulties producers face. They believe Farm Bureau needs to continue to advocate and be a strong voice for the farming and ranching community. ⁠

Congratulations to the Grabbe family for being selected as a KFB 2023 Farm Family of the Year!