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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August 16th, 2016

The Crops I Plant but Don’t Harvest …and how they protect the land and water

By Lauren Biegler Lauren and husband, Bryan, farm corn and soybeans and raise their family in Lake Wilson, Minnesota. Lauren grew up on an Iowa grain farm, studied agriculture in college and held marketing roles at several agricultural companies, giving her an understanding of agriculture…

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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July 28th, 2016

Summer on the Farm: Keepin’ Cool

By Morgan Kontz Morgan is a corn, soybean, alfalfa and cattle farmer from South Dakota   While my husband’s family has been farming and raising beef cattle for generations, I am a first-generation farm wife. Before I became a farmer, I never knew how much…



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.