Nothing to Fear Here

Tour the farms, communities and homes of CommonGround’s farmer-volunteers as we sort through some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding food and farming.

Farm Ownership

Elsie Wetzel
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GMO Foods

Kellie Blair
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Animal Welfare

Peggy Greenway
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Food Safety

Kim Baldwin
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Antibiotics and Animal Health

Joan Ruskamp
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Hormones in Meat and Milk

Mary Kraft
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Organic and Local Foods

Sondra Pierce
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Food Prices

Hilary Maricle
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Kellie Blair
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October 2nd, 2015

Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef: A Comparison, Part One

Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef: A Comparison Part One: Feeding Cattle Grain during Finishing By Joan Ruskamp My husband and I run a cattle-finishing operation and raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa on our farm in Dodge, Nebraska. Over the past few years, we have received more…

With so many food choices available, the farmers of CommonGround want to serve as a resource to educate families about food and farming. Get to know some of the farmers who raise food in your state.
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August 19th, 2015

How We Achieve Sustainability on Our Farm

We use a combination of the following techniques to improve sustainability. Each of these practices helps us produce quality crops and livestock while being more efficient.



At CommonGround, we are a group of farmers having conversations about the food we grow and how we produce it. We share our personal experiences, as well as science and research, to help consumers like you sort through the myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming.

CommonGround was developed by farmers through two of our national checkoffs, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). We welcome you to join the conversation – and to enjoy your food without fear.