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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

From Moo to Me In every glass of milk, there's a complex journey from cow to cup involving meticulous steps and an uncompromising commitment to safety.  Go behind the scenes of milk’s pasteurization process and learn about the steps Iowa dairy farmers take to deliver a wholesome product and ensure safety in every sip.
Delivering a Gift of Hope Meals from the Heartland has grown from a local church event to a global anti-hunger initiative. Since 2008, thousands of volunteers and donors from businesses, schools, churches and the community have rallied around the West Des Moines organization. Learn about their recipe for success in bringing food to those in need both locally and globally.
Milk & Honey: Harlan’s Sweet Spot for Brunch When one of their favorite breakfast spots in Harlan closed, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Daniel Rosmann felt compelled to fill the gap. Find out how this busy, entrepreneurial farm family brings high-quality, locally produced comfort food to their hometown.
Recipes Made with Iowa Love While many enjoy Valentine’s Day by celebrating love between people, Iowans have plenty to love when it comes to food and agriculture. Discover six recipes that showcase the love of Iowa-inspired ingredients, and spice up your Valentine’s Day this year.
A Community Nurtured by the Grateful Chef Chef Brandy Shayan's culinary journey unfolded unexpectedly, evolving from cooking meals for her family to founding the Grateful Chef. Find out how and why this small-scale operation in her home kitchen quickly grew into a thriving community hub.
Lace Up Your Skates Avoid cabin fever, bundle up and head to the local ice rink for fresh air and fun. Plus, learn how Iowa towns benefit from a local hockey team’s goal of community engagement.
What’s on the Minds of Iowa Consumers? We recently asked readers to let us know one thing they’d like to learn more about related to Iowa agriculture. Find answers to these topics and learn how to submit your questions!
Heartwarming Bowls There’s nothing better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day. We share seven cozy and comforting soup recipes featuring Iowa-raised proteins and ingredients that will warm your soul.

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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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