Michele De Waal didn’t choose the ag life. The ag life chose her. She was raised in a family of farmers in rural Kansas. “My grandfather served in World War II, and came back after the war and built his farm from scratch,” she says. “He was my childhood hero. His love for the land and for helping others stays with me today.”
From the time she was a small child, she has been involved in agriculture – from harvesting the crops and helping move equipment to making meals. When her grandfather reached retirement age, he handed off a small acreage to her parents.
Still, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that she would continue down the agricultural path. She studied psychology and art in college. Michele is a mom to four kids ranging in age from 13 to 22, and stayed at home for many years before beginning a successful career as an insurance agent and district coordinator for Aflac.