Join my Journey
Hey everyone! I’m so excited to hit the road again this spring and summer to bring you more tales from Iowa’s farmers on the next leg of Join My Journey! Last year I traveled across the state visiting dairy farms, egg farms, and everywhere in between. This year I’ll be touring even more farms and local restaurants to learn how our friends and neighbors are utilizing Iowa-grown food. From learning how many pounds of Iowa pork Jethro’s BBQ goes through each week, to Subway’s efforts to use locally grown turkey, I can’t wait to share with you how our great state is supporting its farmers. Who’s hungry? Click here to view Kristin on farm tour.
To kick off my journey I recently traveled to Sheffield to cook up a storm with Shannon Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ vice president of marketing. Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is a family business offering soybean, corn, and alfalfa seeds to thousands of farmer customers across six states via 250 farmer-dealers. Click here to view this video.
It was cold and blustery the day I drove up north to visit Shannon, wife of third-generation Latham seedsman, John Latham. It was the kind of morning where the snow is fiercely swirling across the road and you’re extra-grateful for a functioning seat warmer and hot cup of coffee. The cold weather doesn’t stop Iowa’s farmers, however, and I smiled as I passed the drivers of two pick-up trucks chatting with their windows rolled completely down despite the howling wind outside their fields.
I pulled up to Shannon’s home and was greeted with a mug of hot tea and an invitation to chat. I love meeting Iowa’s farmers and hearing about their jobs, probably because they’re so different than my own, but it was extra nice to sit down with Shannon. After all, we’re both moms trying to figure out the perfect balance between work and family. I can relate to the struggle!
Shannon filled me in on the family-owned company as we sipped our tea...continue reading
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