Learn more about local food

January 27, 2010

Even in a farm state like Iowa, those of us in the state’s cities and suburbs sometimes don’t know about all the work that the farmers all around us do to raise safe and nutritious food. There are a lot of important steps that farmers take to make sure that our pork chop, juicy steak or cool glass of milk is fresh, wholesome, and just the way we like it.

We at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation are inviting consumers to get to know some of the Iowa farmers who work hard everyday to produce safe, nutritious and affordable food. It’s a campaign called Farmers Feed Us that consumers can tap into by visiting the Web site www.farmersfeedus.org/ia. You can also find it on Facebook and Twitter.

By visiting www.farmersfeedus.org/ia  you’ll get to meet farmers and take virtual video tours of their farms. You’ll also get a chance to register to win a year’s worth of groceries. Two lucky winners will be chosen when Farmers Feed Us wraps up this spring.

It’s all about learning more about food raised by Iowans for Iowans.

Consumers who visit FarmersFeedUs.org will meet Matt Schuiteman of Sioux center, who raises pigs and happy children with his wife Minde. There’s Stephanie Dykshorn, who helps get milk to your table from her dairy farm near Ireton. Pam Johnson of Floyd and Jim Brown of Churdan give us a glimpse of raising corn and soybeans in the best place in the world to raise the crops that provide the foundation for most of the American diet.  You can also take a walk through a quiet pasture of southern Iowa as Tim Kaldenberg checks on his cows near Albia.

These are samples of the thousands of farmers from all across Iowa raising an ever-expanding variety of foods, as well as fuel, while they protect and improve the environment. Iowa farmers today raise the eggs for your breakfast, the burger and cheese for your lunch and the grapes made into wine you sip at dinner. Many are also harnessing the Iowa wind to provide clean, renewable energy to power Iowa homes.

Farmer Feed Us, which will continue through April 11, is sponsored by Farm Bureau, along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Midwest Dairy Association.

Through the campaign, consumers can receive instant updates and information on Twitter by going to http://twitter.com/IAFarmersFeedUS and opting to follow the discussion. YouTube will also feature video events. Members can also tune into “channel” http://youtube.com/farmersfeedus to see what’s going on throughout the campaign.

Questions and comments can be shared by e-mailing farmersfeedus@foodintegrity.org.
Be sure to check it out!

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A Merrier Christmas on the Bader Farm

January 18, 2010

Everyone loves a “white Christmas,” provided they don’t they have to stray too far from the fireplace. A snow-covered farm is picturesque, but it’s also work. Fortunately today’s livestock farmers have found ways to minimize their exposure to the elements while better caring for their animals.

This Christmas I spent a few days on my family’s farm in eastern Iowa, and my dad, Lee, showed me the improvements that have been made to our hog barns and pens over the years. Take a tour of Christmas past and present on the Bader farm by clicking on the videos below.

Written by Zach Bader
Zach is a Communications Specialist for Iowa Farm Bureau.

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Beef Stick Lady

January 8, 2010

People around the world have a “beef” with this lady. To hear her story watch the latest Iowa Minute.

If you would like to make a donation you can contact her at: 712-883-2249

Written and Produced by Jeremy Coyle & Laurie Johns

2009 in Pictures

January 4, 2010

Below are a few of my favorite photos taken in 2009 during my travels across the state of Iowa for Iowa Farm Bureau. I hope that you enjoy the beauty and character that make up our great state. I look forward to meeting many new people and exploring this great state in 2010. Enjoy!

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