Kay earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has worked at newspapers in Illinois, Indiana and Wyoming, including three decades at FarmWeek®. She grew up on a family farm in Sangamon County and participated in 4-H and FFA.

Contact Kay at kshipman@ilfb.org.