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Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker

CONGRATULATIONS to our Kansas Master Farmers, Master Homemakers from the River Valley District

  • Robert & Charlotte Anderson (Cloud Co.)
  • Mark & Evelyn Diederich (Washington Co.)

Robert and Charlotte Anderson – Cloud County

Robert Anderson has coached youth sporting activities for the past five years in his community. Also, he served on the commission for the Kansas Bull Test for three years and sold livestock in the sale. Robert was a delegate at the Dairy Herd Improvement Association Convention. He has obtained his Private Pesticide Applicator’s License. Robert has been a member of the Cloud County Farm Bureau Board.

Robert and his wife, Charlotte, have been members of the Kansas Gelbvieh Association since 1993. Robert has served on the KGA Board of Directors. Charlotte was the KGA secretary for 13 years. Both are active in participating in KGA sales and volunteering at livestock shows.

Charlotte graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in family and consumer economics. She has had her Enrolled Agent Certificate since 2015. Charlotte was a recipient of the Key Award while involved as a young member in the 4-H program. Currently, she volunteers with the Cloud County 4-H program by serving as the president of the fair board, a member of the 4-H council, and a community leader for the Hill and Dale 4-H Club.

The Andersons own and operate Anderson Farms Inc. and Red Maple Gelbvieh. Anderson Farms Inc. is co-owned by Robert, his brother, and his father. Robert and Charlotte farm cropland and own a herd of Gelbvieh cattle. The crops and cattle are sold through local markets. Registered livestock is marketed at private treaty or breed association sales. In 1984, the Andersons were named the Kansas 4-H Family of the Year.

Son Ryan graduated from Kansas State University. Currently, he works at Concordia Tractor Inc.

Daughter Amanda graduated from Tabor College with a bachelor’s degree. She is the director of winterization at the North Central Regional Planning Commission in Beloit, Kansas.

Daughter Rachelle is a sophomore at Concordia High School. She has shown cattle at many national shows and earned Rookie of the Year at the 2014 Gelbvieh Junior National Show.

Robert & Charlotte Anderson MF/MFH Video

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Mark and Evelyn Diederich – Washington County

Mark Diederich graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in animal sciences and industry. After working a few years at K-State Research and Extension, he returned to work in a partnership on his family farm in Washington County.

The Diederichs serve their community by being active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Both Mark and his wife, Evelyn, have volunteered as lector and Eucharistic ministers and served on the church council. Evelyn aids in caring for the landscaping of the church. Mark and Evelyn have served as club leaders and project leaders for the Happy Spirit 4-H Club.

Evelyn earned her degree in medical technology from Kansas State University and continued her education at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. She currently works part time at the Washington County Hospital. Evelyn has served as the district secretary for the Tuttle Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy group.

In 2008, the Diederichs left the family partnership and began Mark Diederich Family Farms. They farm and raise beef cattle. Diederichs’ farm was part of the largest development in the state for a rotational grazing system. Their system greatly enhanced the carrying capacity of the land while improving the quality of the grass by using gravity-fed spring water tanks.

Daughter Lea Anne lives in Kingman, Kansas, with her husband, Chad Huffman, and daughter Mary Claire. Lea Anne works as PRN at Wesley Medical in Wichita and at Pratt Regional Medical Center.

Son Ryan returned to work on the family farm after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in animal sciences and industry and a minor in agronomy.

Son Aaron works as a corn specialist and district sales manager for AgriGold Hybrids.

Daughter Nicole is enrolled in the nursing program at Wichita State University.

Son Kevin is a senior at Hanover High School with plans to attend Kansas State University.

Mark & Evelyn Diederich MF/MFH Video