Growing up on a family farm in West Bend, Iowa, Haley Banwart and her brother were like other farm kids. They did chores, participated in 4-H, and even raised cattle together.
“My brother and I have had the same amount of responsibilities. I can drive a tractor, I can bale square hay,” Banwart says. “But it was just expected that my brother would return home.”
She says they never discussed it, she just accepted that she’d find a different path.
“It was always kind of the unwritten rule that my brother would go back and farm,” she says.