Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

As a 4th generation cattle farmer in Tama County, I want to take time during National

Agriculture Week to thank our community for their support. While there continues to be more

food choices at the grocery store, we know that many fill their carts with real meat instead of

meat alternatives. As livestock farmers, we are proud to produce a product that is safe and

wholesome for others.

Our family works alongside our local veterinarian to ensure that animal health and

welfare are our top priority. For example, there have been great strides taken in low stress

handling and antibiotic stewardship. Agriculture is constantly evolving and farmers are

dedicated to implementing new advancements for the betterment of the animals and

consumers. Together with our veterinarian, we produce meat that is not only safe for our family,

but for yours as well. Meat is a great source of protein and nutrients that us farmers are honored

to put on your family’s table.

I take pride in producing safe, nutritious beef for my family and yours. Us farmers are

dedicated to producing quality meat for generations to come. While there are many choices at

the grocery store, I encourage you to try some beef, pork, chicken, or turkey the next time you

are shopping and support your local family farmers.