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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Plant Breeding

Sara Ross
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January 4th, 2018

Friday Night Lights

By Deb Gangwish Deb Gangwish and her husband Paul have raised five children, row crops and livestock on their family farm in Shelton, Nebraska. “Friday Night Lights.” This common phrase is one that most moms associate with bright stadium lights over a high school football…

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.
Your Community

November 28th, 2017

Finding Common Ground Between Human and Crop Nutrition

Jennie Schmidt has a unique perspective on food. She’s a registered dietitian. She’s a mother. She’s a CommonGround volunteer. And she’s a Maryland farmer who grows everything from corn and soybeans (both genetically-engineered and non-GMO/Conventional previously certified organic) to tomatoes, green beans and wine-grapes. Jennie…



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 the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with state corn and soybean grower organizations. We welcome you to join the conversation — and to enjoy your food without fear.