Agriculture

September: Farm Life Journal

By Mark Jackson

Across the Midwest, September marks the seasonal change of colors as crops transition from Mother Nature’s trade-mark shades of green to the golden-brown colors typical with harvest of our two most dominant crops, corn and soybeans. Everything the farmer has been working for during the growing season will soon begin in earnest. Read more....

Expedition Farm Country: Where Forks, Food and Farming Meet

By Erin Wicker

For two days, food enthusiasts of all kinds gobbled up information straight from the source – farmers. Expedition Farm Country took place Aug. 25-26 in southeast Iowa. From metro areas around the state, 38 consumers hopped aboard a bus tour to visit a variety of farms and meet the faces and families growing food, fuel and fiber around the state. Read more about the trip here...

Making Magical Memories at Enchanted Acres

By Ann Thelen

Nestled in the soil-rich farmland of north central Iowa is Enchanted Acres – a place where all families can escape reality for a few hours and simply enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors. It’s that “happy place” where kids and kids at heart can channel Cinderella or Jack Sparrow, pick a perfect pumpkin, feed goats, learn all about chickens and so much more!

August: Farm Life Journal

By Mark Jackson

With harvest quickly approaching and crops racing to maturity’s finish-line Mark Jackson shares how he is preparing despite the severe drought conditions. His garden is producing a bountiful harvest, which he and family will enjoy all year long with soups, roasts, pickles and more! Mark also bids a tearful farewell to his beloved, furry companion – Murphy. Read more here…

23,000 Balloons: One Amazing Tribute to Iowa Farmers!

By Erin Wicker

John and Johnna Perry of Kansas City, Missouri, are world record holders in the balloon sculpture field and have brought their talents center stage at the Iowa State Fair with the Iowa Food & Family Project. Learn more about the Perry’s, their art and what you can expect to see when you stop by the exhibit in the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building!

Food Conversation is All About You, the Consumer

By Lindsey Foss

With approximately 20,000 regional, national and international guests in Iowa for the World Pork Expo last month, what do you think a recurring theme of discussion was?

You.

In a seminar titled, “Farm to Fork: Healthy Animals, Healthy Food, Healthy People,” three panelists discussed how shoppers’ choices impact farmers, retailers and all those involved in the farm-to-table process.

July: Farm Life Journal

By Mark Jackson

In this month's Farm Life Journal, Mark Jackson is sharing ways his farm (and Iowa) plays a part in the Monarch Butterfly's elaborate life cycle that encompasses four generations during their annual migration! You'll also find out why he's learned to love the once-considered pesky milkweed plant and how you achieve a triple bottom line! Read more...