Sue Ikerd was born in Marshfield, MO. At age six, she moved with her dad, mom, and older sister to a small farm on the out¬skirts of town. When she married her husband, Don, he brought her to his river bottom farm in the Missouri Ozarks—the farm where he was born and raised and where they raised their child¬ren as well. They recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with their family, including their two grand¬sons. Sue’s poem, The Farmer, was her first and written as a tribute to her husband.

In addition to writing, she enjoys studying genealogy with her daughter, and after many years of research, she found farming has been the occupation of their ancestors for many genera¬tions—so farming is truly in their blood. You can read more of Sue’s work on her website ourcountryblessings.com.