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Iowa Food & Family Project

Celebrating farm families, uniting rural and urban communities and providing the information and experiences you need to make informed food choices.

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Fresh Pickings Magazine

Dive into the delights of the season with the latest issue, a celebration of the food, farms and communities that make Iowa a special place to live.

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Farm-Fresh Recipes

Food provides the nutrition we need to take on the day. Best of all, food brings families and friends together.

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Feast your eyes on new recipes, food features and farm stories.

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77%+ of consumers are favorable toward Iowa farmers and their on-farm practices.
83% of respondents agree that farmers produce safe, quality foods.
51%+ of respondents were optimistic about the future of Iowa agriculture.
Top 3 most important food purchasing factors for consumers are food quality, price and nutritional value.

Latest Blog Stories

7 Ultimate BBQ Side Dishes Warm-weather gatherings and backyard barbecues are synonymous with good times and great food. While the main event often steals the spotlight, it's the delectable side dishes that truly elevate the dining experience. We’ve compiled seven flavor-packed side dish recipes perfect for complementing Iowa-raised grilled meats.
A Classroom Café and Culinary Competition Hampton-Dumont High School serves fine dining experiences for patrons and students alike. Find out why the school’s award-winning culinary and restaurant management program has become a point of pride in the community.
I Spy: Spring Planting Edition Iowa farmers use a variety of equipment to ensure a safe and successful planting season each spring. Explore the many tools farmers use and see if you can spot them “in action” on your next road trip.
Primed For Pruning To keep your trees and shrubs healthy, pruning is essential. Tree and shrub pruning is fundamental for the health and vitality of your plants. Do you know where to begin?
Iowa Food & Family Project with Earl May: Food & Gardening Events We invite you to join us in celebrating all things related to Iowa agriculture, gardening and farming at two May events held at the Ankeny and Carroll Earl May Garden Centers.
Survey Says: Consumers Value Transparency, Care About Food Choices The importance of transparency and forming connections to consumers’ personal lives were trends seen in the latest Consumer Pulse Survey. Learn how Iowa consumers feel about farmers, agriculture practices, food purchasing and more.
Cultivating Ag Connections Agricultural education prepares youth for careers in food, agriculture and natural resource systems. Learn how Central Decatur Community School District students are taking the farm-to-school movement to the next level.
From Brazil to Iowa: A Culinary Odyssey Exuding the quaint charm of European sidewalk cafes, Café Beaudelaire provides more than fresh, delicious, unique cuisine. It offers a welcoming atmosphere for Ames residents seeking an international experience.

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Fun Ag Facts

Did you know most soybeans grown in Iowa are processed into feed for livestock like pigs, poultry and dairy cows?

Download this free booklet for more facts about Iowa agriculture.

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