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Celebrate Iowa's abundant resoruces and dedicated farm families

March 17, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Dear Editor,

Even in these difficult times, we can be grateful for the blessings we enjoy in this country, like our safe food supply and a wide variety of food choices. National Agriculture Week, March 13-19, is a great opportunity to celebrate Iowa’s abundant natural resources and the commitment farm families make to feed us all.

Ninety-six percent of the farms in Iowa are family farns and it takes all of us working together to supply the world with food, fiber and energy. Iowa plays a large role in meeting the needs of the world since we lead the nation in corn, soybean hog and egg production.

But we’re not all hogs and com; Iowa also has a number of grape vineyards and bee colonies. Exports from Iowa as well, make an important impact worldwide.

Iowa’s farmers also value our natural resources and are committed to farming responsibly. That’s why Iowa leads the country in acres devoted to the buffer strips that protect our water quality. It’s also why livestock farmers invest in modem housing that is well ventilated, warm, well lit, clean and scientifically designed for the specific needs of their animals.

The food we enjoy today is a product of a great production system and hard work of the Iowa farmers. Everyone has a job to do and farmers do theirs very well.

Pat Oettchen



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