Iowa Farm Family Highlights National Ag Week

Iowa Farm Family Highlights National Ag Week

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant on west edge of Des Moines will feature farm families at March 23 event discussing food and agriculture with diners.

This year National Ag Week is March 17-23 and National Ag Day is March 19. The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential -- if not more -- than the broad-scale effort. Again this year, the Ag Day Planning Guide has been created to help communities and organizations more effectively host Ag Day events.

Iowans can celebrate the culmination of National Ag Week at a unique event featuring an Iowa farm family at the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale on the west edge of Des Moines March 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

What Is Ag Day?: It's a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. This year Ag Day is celebrated March 19. National Ag Day is held during National Ag Week, March 17-23, 2013.

Family farmers Chris and Nicole Domino of Storm Lake will answer questions about farming and Iowa's role in turkey production at "Talkin' Farming at the Shed," sponsored by the Iowa Food & Family Project and Iowa Turkey Federation. "Talkin' Farming at the Shed" is held throughout the year showcasing different farmers and areas of agriculture.

Iowa Food & Family Project and Iowa Turkey Federation are sponsoring this event

"We understand that people have questions about their food and, as a farmer, I want to be a resource for them and help them feel confident in their food purchasing decisions," says Chris. "I enjoy talking about the tradition our family has raising turkeys and why I enjoy farming with my father and family. We work in a sustainable cycle of buying local soybeans and corn to feed our turkeys and working with a processor located in Storm Lake. It's a great story and I'm looking forward to sharing it."

Iowa's turkey industry provides an annual economic impact of $1.5 billion. The industry has the capacity to produce more than 14.5 million turkeys annually. Turkeys are raised in large, open buildings that keep them comfortable, protect them from predators and allow farmers to offer quality care.

The Iowa Food & Family Project was created by the Iowa Soybean Association and is dedicated to inspiring greater awareness, understanding and trust between consumers and farmers through personal engagement and advocacy. It serves as presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa and is backed by more than 30 partners including the Iowa Turkey Federation, Machine Shed Restaurant, Farm Credit Services of America, Applied Art & Technology, Iowa Grocery Industry Association and Midwest Dairy Association. It's funded in part by the soybean checkoff.

For more information, go to the Machine Shed Restaurant website and the Iowa Food & Family website.
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