Laura Handke


Laura and Chris Handke, with daughter Audrey Ann, are proud to represent the fourth generation on Chris’ family farm near Atchison, KS.

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Meet Laura Handke. This busy graduate student in agriculture science worked in the food safety and regulator industry before returning to the classroom. She and her husband Chris have a daughter, Audrey Ann. They’re proud to represent the fourth generation of Chris’ family farm near Atchison, KS. Laura is originally from Rushville, MO, and has a small herd of cow/calf pairs with her grandfather.

While her current work revolves around her role as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State University, Laura also helps feed cattle, swath hay, and manage finances and record keeping. She and Chris enjoy team roping, ranch horse competitions and the outdoors. Laura also works as a coalition coordinator for LiveWell St. Joe, a nonprofit group focusing on obesity awareness and tobacco cessation.

Laura says she was excited to become a CommonGround volunteer in Fall 2013 to help answer consumers’ questions about “hot button” topics and promote sustainable agriculture.  She is passionate about her family and sharing the story of farming with others.

  • Expertise: Food safety and policy/Beef production
  • Ag Connections: Kansas Farm Bureau/American Quarter Horse Association/Missouri Cattleman’s Association

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