The exhibit, located in the northwest corner of the Swine Barn, is staffed daily by North Polk FFA members from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to take care of the animals and answer questions. "The efforts of these young people represent the same kind of care and diligent attention that Iowa farmers provide their livestock every day," says Brian Waddingham, executive director of CSIF. With 55 breeds and 125 animals, the exhibit offers educational information about all species of livestock showcased in the area.
"The Avenue of Breeds has something to offer everyone from farmers to visitors who have never been to an Iowa farm," says Waddingham. "Consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how the animals are cared for and this exhibit provides a great opportunity to have your questions about raising livestock answered by those who care for them."
CSIF is a non-partisan organization launched in 2004 to help livestock farmers responsibly and successfully grow their farms. CSIF has assisted more than 2,300 farm families who raise livestock, dairy and poultry choose good sites for new barns and feedlots, follow all rules and regulations, protect air and water quality and enhance neighbor and community relations. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Its services are free. Member groups include Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association. Farmers wanting assistance are encouraged to contact CSIF at 800-932-2436 or visit the CSIF website.
HIGHLIGHT #6: Iowa Farm Bureau shows how "Iowa Rises Up" at 2013 Iowa State Fair; visitors to Farm Bureau Park can meet Iowa farmers, win great prizes
This year Iowa State Fair visitors have the opportunity to "Spin the Wheel" at Farm Bureau Park to win great prizes while learning how Iowa's farmers help "Iowa Rise Up." No matter the degree of agriculture knowledge, fairgoers will have the opportunity to interact with Iowa farmers while also having the chance to earn great prizes.
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation members will enjoy a number of perks at the fair, while Farm Bureau Park showcases how Iowa farmers help "Iowa Rise Up" by raising and growing our food and energy. Members can redeem a thank you coupon for a free gift and register for a chance to win a free Cub Cadet Zero Turn Riding Mower. Members are encouraged to sign up family and friends as new Farm Bureau members, with the new member entered in a drawing for $2,000 in free ethanol.