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February 17, 2010
Dysart Reporter

Letter to the Editor;

Tama County farmers take pride in growing safe and nutritious food for the world. Iowa has nearly 10 percent of the world's richest farmland, and this gives farmer's the responsibility of protecting the land and using it efficiently to feed the growing world.

Food Check-Out Week this year is February 21-27. This gives us a great opportunity to reflect on the many healthy food options provided by farmers and appreciate the safety, wholesomeness and affordability of food purchased in Iowa. This year the theme is "Stretching Your Grocery Dollar With Healthy, Nutritious Food. As more and more people become further removed from the farm, Iowa farmers believe it's important for consumer's to understand how we work each day to deliver safe, wholesome food to the tables while caring for our families our livestock and land, and our communities.

All Iowans can visit http;// and register five times each day for a chance to win free groceries for a year (value max. $5000.00). Last day to enter is April 11, 2010. Farmers Feed Us will then select two winners from the registrations received. This program is being supported by Iowa's Farmer's and the groups that represent them. These include Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Midwest Dairy Association.

Today's consumers are considering their wallets and their waistlines when they shop for their groceries. Farmer's allow the ability to obtain a wide variety of produce. Tama County Farm Bureau will take this time to pay for groceries in one of the Tama County grocery stores during Food Check-Out Week Feb. 21-27.


Julie Babinat



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