Article and Photos by Lydia Zerby
Take a virtual trip through western Iowa as our team shares experiences from the Evolution of the Heartland event in August.
Just a few weeks ago, our Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) team and two Iowa FFP Champions group members participated in an immersive experience held in western Iowa. This event allowed participants to see firsthand how agriculture has evolved from its early roots in Germany to 1900s farming and now to advanced technology in many Iowa agricultural businesses and Main Street communities.
Part of the group joined a swine immersion tour, making stops at PigEasy, Templeton Family Farms and AMVC Management Services. Another group was on a niche farm immersion tour visiting Aquatic Resource Management, Brinkman Ag Solutions, Irlmeier Ostrich Farm and Iowa Yak Ranch. The group enjoyed a farm-to-table meal and community tailgate with local vendors in the evening.
Iowa FFP believes that valuable in-person experiences and opportunities to interact with and learn about Iowa agriculture help to strengthen the connection between consumers and farming. In support of this first-year event, Iowa FFP provided sponsorship funds to the event organizers to further Iowa FFP’s mission of building consumer trust in modern agriculture.
You’re invited to take a virtual photo trip with us, looking back at our team’s experiences from this event. Follow along with the group that took the niche farm immersion tour!