Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans attending the 2015 Iowa State Fair to learn more about the many exciting opportunities available in Iowa agriculture. And then share their experiences using the #GetYourAgOn hashtag on social media.
"Agriculture is everywhere at the Iowa State Fair and we wanted to invite the more than 1 million visitors to the fair this year to learn more about Iowa agriculture and then share their experiences. Whether it is seeing the animals in the livestock barns, visiting the animal learning center, seeing the 4-H and FFA students compete or just enjoying some of the amazing food, everyone at the fair will be able to experience and share Iowa agriculture," notes Northey.
Learn about the Iowa Water Quality Initiative
The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship's display in the Agriculture Building will have information available about the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and will be handing out sunglasses with CleanWaterIowa.org on them—a website created to help all Iowans learn about what they can do to help protect water quality. Also, coordinators from Iowa Water Quality Initiative Demonstration Projects will give presentations in the agriculture building at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 and Saturday August 15 and at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18.
The Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Egg Council, Midwest Dairy Association, Iowa Turkey Federation, Iowa Pork Producers, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will also be participating in the display in the agriculture building and have information available about Iowa agriculture. The movie "Farmland" will also be shown daily at 1 p.m. at the Maytag Family Theaters building and is presented by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.
Iowa Egg Council is giving out eggs on a stick
The Iowa Egg Council will be offering eggs on a stick to fairgoers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the fair. The state ag department will also have posters and handouts about avian influenza at both booth locations to help answer any questions fairgoers have about the recent outbreak.
In the Varied Industries building the state ag department will also have a display to educate Iowans about the activities of the department and continue the tradition of weighing fairgoers on a scale certified by the Weights and Measures Bureau.
Iowa Century Farm and Heritage Farm Awards
These annual awards will be presented on Thursday, August 20 starting at 9 a.m. at the Livestock Pavilion. This is a new day and location for the awards and everyone is invited to attend and help recognize the families receiving the awards. Century Farm awards recognize farms that have been in the same family for 100 years and Heritage Farms awards recognize farms that have been owned by the same family for 150 years.
This year there are 366 Century Farm winners and 101 Heritage Farm winners. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau.
Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award winners
On Wednesday, August 19 starting at 9 a.m. Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Northey and Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp will recognize 95 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award winners. The awards will be presented at the Penningroth Center inside the Cattle Barn and recognize the efforts of Iowa's farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.
This award recognizes the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve and protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success. Hagie Manufacturing sponsors a luncheon for award winners following the ceremony at the Farm Bureau shelter that ag secretary Bill Northey will also attend.
Kids are winners in From the Farm to You Calendar contest
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 the Iowa Department of Agriculture will be recognizing the winners of the 2015-2016 From the Farm to You Calendar drawing contest in the agriculture building. Kids from across the state submitted pictures for the calendar. Copies of the calendar are available to fairgoers at the department's booths in the Ag Building and in the Varied Industries Building.
Don't miss the 2015 Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show
Northey will also participate in the 2015 Governor's Charity Steer Show on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. Northey will be showing a steer owned by Shau Landt from Charles City. Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. For more information on these and other activities at the 2015 Iowa State Fair, visit iowastatefair.org.