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AGRICULTURE

Northey: Learn about ag at state fair

Aug 09, 2017

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowa State Fair visitors to play plinko, shoot hoops and learn more about Iowa agriculture by visiting the “Ag Park” on the first floor of the Agriculture Building.

Kids also will have the opportunity to experience “driving” through rural Iowa and see how all roads lead to agriculture with a simulated truck experience.

“The state fair is a wonderful showcase of Iowa agriculture and we are excited to have fairgoers stop by and have some fun and learn a bit about how important agriculture is in our state. I hope Iowans will stop by our booth to have some fun, but also take the opportunity to engage in a conversation about our exciting and diverse agriculture industry,” Northey said.

Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Egg Council, Midwest Dairy Association, Iowa Turkey Federation, Iowa Pork Producers and Iowa Beef Industry Council also will be in the Ag Park with information about agriculture. The Iowa Egg Council will be offering eggs on a stick from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Aug. 20.

In the Varied Industries building, the department will have a display about its activities and continue the tradition of weighing fairgoers on a scale certified by the Weights and Measures Bureau. The department will be handing out tech cloths with www.CleanWaterIowa.org on them, a website created to help Iowans learn about what they can do to help protect water quality.

The Iowa Century Farm and Heritage Farm Awards will be presented at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Livestock Pavilion. Century Farm awards recognize farms that have been in the same family for 100 years. Heritage Farms awards recognize farms that have been owned by the same family for 150 years.

There are 354 Century Farm winners and 119 Heritage Farm winners.The list is at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under “Hot Topics.” A list of past recipients is available at www.iowacenturyfarms.com.

At 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at Penningroth Center in the Cattle Barn, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Northey and Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp will recognize 81 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award winners for their commitment to healthy soils and improved water quality. A list of recipients is at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under “Hot Topics.”

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the department will be recognizing winners of the 2017-18 From the Farm to You Calendar drawing contest in the Ag Building. Kids submitted pictures for the calendar. Calendars are available at the department’s booths in the Ag Building and the Varied Industries Building.

Northey will participate in the 2017 Governor’s Charity Steer Show at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion. He will show a steer owned by Jayden Jorgensen from Charles City. The steers will be auctioned with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

“More than 1 million visitors attend the fair each year and it is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do on our farms and why,” Northey said.

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