VINTON, IOWA March 9, 2010 Next month Benton County farmers will begin planting the seeds that will eventually nourish Iowa's livestock and be turned into the products we use on a daily basis, like cleaners, inks, plastic, vitamins, ethanol and wine. During National Agriculture Week (March 14-20) and National Agriculture Day (March 20), Benton County Farm Bureau celebrates new life on the farm and farmers' commitment to nurturing that life in a way that benefits all Iowans.
To celebrate National Ag Week, Benton County Farm Bureau encourages everyone to visit www.farmersfeedus.org/ to see Iowa's farm families in action and sign up for a chance to win free groceries for a year! "Iowa farmers are blessed with fertile soil and an environment that's ideal for growing crops and raising livestock," says David Wrage, Benton County Farm Bureau President. "And all Iowans can feel fortunate knowing that their food is being grown and raised by their neighbors, farmers whose families have worked the land for generations and have remained committed to producing wholesome food and protecting our natural resources."
Iowa's 92,600 farms lead the nation in corn, soybean, hog, and egg production. They're also among the national leaders in environmental protection, investing about $435 million annually in conservation practices. Iowa ranks first nationally in acres devoted to grassy buffer strips that reduce runoff and protect streams, with almost 13 percent of the nation's total. To learn more about farming and how it touches all Iowans visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.