Why an Iowa Farm Bureau Blog?

Welcome to Farm Fresh, Iowa Farm Bureau’s blog about the people who bring you your food, fuel and fiber and the issues they face. With so much information available to consumers today, it can be daunting to separate fact from fiction. It is our hope that this blog can introduce you to the faces behind your food and shed some light on questions you may have about how it is grown and raised and what that means to you.

We also hope that this new blog will help readers gain a better understanding of our organization, the Iowa Farm Bureau. We are farmers, sure; but we’re also you; teachers, bankers, accountants, artists, parents, grandparents, caretakers of people, animal and land. We are 156,000 member families strong and growing. We have members from every corner of Iowa who are working together to help farmers and rural communities prosper, improve the quality of life for all Iowans, and supporting our youth.

Several members from the Iowa Farm Bureau staff will contribute to this blog and will write about a variety of subjects. You’ll find that we are passionate about our support for farmers, Iowa’s families, how our food is grown and raised, and the future of our state.

From time to time we’ll also feature guest bloggers to bring their perspective to Farm Fresh. We’ll also provide links to other blogs that can help provide more information and viewpoints. Afterall, food and fuel are complex issues and the way in which they are produced continues to evolve. And we welcome your comments about what you read here, so we can help unravel the complexities surrounding agriculture today.

There are certain ground rules that will be followed on Farm Fresh and you should read our comments policy if you’re interested in an interactive dialogue. We’ll do the best we can to talk openly and to the best of our knowledge. And, just as agriculture evolves, so will this blog, so keep that in mind when you read about the lives of people who touch you indirectly every day.

3 Responses to Why an Iowa Farm Bureau Blog?

  1. Chris Gruenhagen says:

    Livestock technicians have worked in this state for decades and have stayed in business because they do a good job providing their services to farmers. They fill a gap to provide important and necessary services that have been unavailable from veterinarians in their area. Only recently has this become an issue after IVMA and IBVM started to interpret Iowa Code to put these technicians out of business.

    There is a consensus in the profession of a real shortage of food animal veterinarians. Please see these web links for confirmation:
    U.S. General Accounting Office Report(2009): http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-178

    Iowa State University Extension: http://www.extension.org/pages/World_Facing_Shortage_of_Large-animal_Veterinarians

    American Veterinary Medical Association: http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/mar08/080315b.asp

    Iowa Veterinary Medical Association:http://www.iowavma.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=344

    There is an even larger shortage of veterinarians who willing to buy the appropriate equipment, obtain training and perform these services frequently enough to maintain competency. The vet college at ISU only recently started training its graduates in how to perform these services and at least 25 of these trained graduates would need to stay in Iowa every year to begin to replace retiring veterinarians and fill the gap. The shortage of food animal veterinarians is a real issue with the potential to impact animal health and food safety.

    This issue has been discussed for the past several years with both IBVM and IVMA, but it hasn’t been resolved. It is imperative for the health of the animals that services such as ultrasound be available. For example, it is necessary to determine the number of kids and lambs in pregnant sheep and goats to adjust the animal’s diet or the animal’s health will be endangered. Most veterinarian’s will not invest the almost $50,000 necessary for the specialized equipment because there aren’t enough small ruminants in the geographic area to pay for the equipment.

    These essential technicians travel the state providing the service and they and their clients have been in an uncertain position for several years. Farm Bureau members asked for this be addressed and official policy was adopted by the voting delegates last September. It’s time for the legislature to resolve the issue.

  2. Kim Waltman says:

    Connectivity among those committed to raising/growing food to feed the world and between those in ag and consumers provides tremendous opportunity for ongoing dialogue. As a beef producer, it’s a privilege to interact with both groups to ensure accurate information is shared. Please consider joining me on my journey back to my ag roots by visiting my blog at http://www.fullcircleranchiowa.com. I look forward to meeting anyone who is interested in better understanding where their beef comes from!

  3. Tony Geinzer says:

    I wonder where is the Bigger Animal Vet Commitment? I know there is at least an 8 Year Dr. Nurse Commitment from day 1, but, where is that commitment beyond Cats and Dogs?

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