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CommonGround IowaBack to Our Farmers
Our Farm: Corn, Soybeans, Chickens, Beef Cattle
My Work: Mom, farmer, entrepreneur
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Photography, Overall fitness
Ask Me About: Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare, Animal Ag/Antibiotics, Food Prices, Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: I farm with my husband, Aaron, his parents, Larry & Jill and his brother, Alex, his wife Lacey and with their family — it’s a big family operation here! We grow corn and soybeans as well as feed beef cattle and chickens. My in laws feed hogs! We have 4 adorable children, 3 girls ages 10, 8 and 4 along with a newborn baby boy! I also work from home being a Top Leader of my Younique Cosmetics team. We’ve recently started a direct-to-consumer business selling our beef, hogs and chickens, and we look forward to sharing our farm with others. There is so much in agriculture that people are curious or confused about, and I love being able to share answers with them and show them exactly where their food comes from and who grows it!
Our Farm: corn, soybeans
My Work: farmer, mom, wife, respiratory therapist
My Hobbies: arts and crafts, photography, travel
Ask Me About: family farms versus corporate farms
About Me: My husband, our two boys and I grow corn and soybeans in southwest Iowa. I also serve as a registered respiratory therapist for Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. I believe we should all have access to truthful information when making our food decisions and am passionate about sharing good food facts with consumers to help make these decisions easier.
Facebook: Farms Bissell; Aimee Bissell
Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, pigs, soybeans
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, watershed coordinator
My Hobbies: blogging, movies, reading, yard work
Ask Me About: biotechnology, sustainability and conservation, family farms vs. corporate farms
About Me: On our farm, my husband and I strive for continual improvement of our soil and water quality. I think it is great that consumers want to know where their food comes from. Eating healthy is important to me and how I feed my family. I believe we have safe sustainable choices in the U.S. While I devote a lot of my free time working with numerous agriculture organizations and initiatives, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and play with my kids.
Website: Home Again Finnegan
Facebook: Home Again Finnegan
Our Farm: dairy
My Work: farmer, homeschool mom, wife, GuestBarn host
My Hobbies: singing, traveling, writing, people — from strangers to family
Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, hormones in meat and milk, farm ownership
About Me: My husband, #DairymanDan, and I take care of 150 dairy cows alongside his parents. I host people at our GuestBarn, a unique vacation rental attached to our dairy barn, giving guests a 24/7 bird’s-eye view of our cows. As a big-city girl turned farmer, I’m learning new things about agriculture and our food (and much more!) every day. Sharing those experiences and learning from others’ experiences is one of my favorite things to do. I love that together we can build trust and a better world by having real conversations with, not at, each other!
Facebook: New Day Dairy GuestBarn
Donnellson , Iowa
Our Farm: corn and soybeans
My Work: Farmer, mom, conservationist
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Boating, Kayaking, Hunting, Gardening
Ask Me About: Sustainability and Conservation, Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: I farm corn and soybeans alongside my husband, Jeff, and our two children on our family farm. Sustainability is one of the main focuses on our farm, and in 2019, I was named Woman Conservation Farmer of the Year in Iowa. I enjoy being able to spread the word about what we’re doing on our farm and how it positively affects food and products down the supply chain.
Name: Stephanie Haywood
Our Farm: beef cattle, show calves, goats, pony
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, small-business owner
My Hobbies: arts and crafts, showing cattle, traveling, writing
Ask Me About: animal welfare, farm ownership, food prices
About Me: My husband and I run a beef cattle farm. I recently retired from an off-farm job to be home full time with my four kiddos and help more on the farm. I also own a farm-based boutique designing T-shirts and jewelry. I want to help people understand what it means to run a family farm. I love helping other moms see the importance of knowing where and how our food is raised.
Facebook: Stephanie Haywood, Mama’s Farmhouse Designs
Rockwell City, Iowa
Our Farm: corn and soybeans
My Work: Family farmer
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Photography, Singing, Travel, Movies, Antiquing
Ask Me About: Sustainability and Conservation
About Me: My family has farmed in southwest Iowa for 125 years. We grow corn and soybeans, and I’ve recently joined my husband on his row crop farm. We are first-generation farmers out of Calhoun County, and we are expecting our first child in December 2021. I enjoy working with agriculture organizations, both local and national, and I am passionate about sharing the family farm story. Speaking to the public about our farming practices allows for transparency between farmers and consumers. By sharing our truth, I hope that consumers would choose to support local farmers.
Facebook: Paige Hepp
Our Farm: corn, chicken, sheep soybeans
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, grandma
My Hobbies: arts and crafts, reading, travel, gardening
Ask Me About: farm ownership
About Me: I’m a fourth-generation farmer who’s driven to help consumers find the answers to their farming questions. One thing that makes me very proud is that my great grandfather purchased 160 acres back in 1875 after the Morrill Land Act of 1862. This land purchase helped finance the agriculture college in Ames now known as Iowa State University. My family was recognized at the Clay County Fair in 2016. I want to help consumers find the answers to their farming questions.
Facebook: Rhonda-Morey Hill
Our Farm: Corn, Soybeans, Sheep
My Work: Educator, farmer, mom
My Hobbies: Hiking, Photography, Travel
Ask Me About: Animal welfare
About Me: Our farm is truly a family affair! We’re fortunate to have three generations working together to build a farm for our future generations. I grew up raising sheep and hogs, and my husband grew up with sheep, hogs and row crops. We both used to be agriculture teachers but have since moved to the farm full-time. It’s understandable that fellow moms have questions about how their food is raised and where it comes from. I enjoy being an example and being able to share the truth about food production.
Facebook: Abbie Wiebbecke Johnson
Our Farm: corn, soybeans, club cattle, breeding cattle, beef cattle
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, agri-marketer, agriculture advocate
My Hobbies: animals, farming, photography, writing
Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, food safety, sustainability
About Me: I am a born and raised “FarmHer.” I grew up on a grain and livestock family farm in north-central Iowa, where I am actively involved today. My husband and I have spent the past 10 years growing corn, soybeans, as well as owning a quality cattle operation. We raise cows alongside their calves for various purposes. By day, I work in Agri-marketing and proudly steward brands that I believe in. By night, I am a steward of land and livestock. In all facets of our farm operation, our goal is to leave it better than it was before. It is such a privilege to be a farmer, and I feel it’s our job to arm consumers with knowledge to make purchasing decisions for their family. I love utilizing social platforms to connect agriculture with new audiences, such as offering little slices of farm life through stories and videos.
Facebook: Amber Lonnevik Kohlhaas, Pro Tour Cattle Sale
Our Farm: alfalfa, corn, beef cattle, meat goats, soybeans
My Work: farmer, wife, animal care manager, field manager for the Soil Health Partnership
My Hobbies: baking, biking, blogging, cooking, horseback riding, kayaking, photography, overall fitness, running, skiing, writing
Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, family farms versus corporate farms, food prices, food safety, hormones in meat and milk, organic and local foods, sustainability
My husband and I operate a mama cow and calf operation alongside my father-in-law and have recently added goats to diversify our farm. We also grow hay, corn and soybeans. We keep sustainability top of mind on our farm and have taken different steps to help improve the forage quality of our pastures for the animals and improve soil health for our crops. There is so much information out there when it comes to food and how it’s produced. I want to share my firsthand knowledge and experiences to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions.
Facebook: Lisa Nelson; Instagram: @lisajokubik
Our Farm: Corn, soybeans, alfalfa and beef cattle
My Work: Farmer, chef, environmental steward
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Running, Overall fitness, Gardening
Ask Me About: Sustainability and Conservation, Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare, Food Safety
Me: Nestled in the corn belt is our family farm. My husband, Kenton, and I farm with his family, and we grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa along with raising beef cattle. I also work off the farm as the Sustainability Manager for Iowa Select Farms. I love to be in the kitchen, baking and cooking delicious meals that show how to easily incorporate meat protein sources! The amount of passion producers have to provide such a safe, wholesome product to consumers around the world makes me proud to be a farmer.
Facebook: Erica Lain
Our Farm: Corn, Soybeans
My Work: Lawyer, farmer, mom, wife
My Hobbies: Baking, Arts and Crafts, showing horses, gardening
Ask Me About: Ag/Nutrition/Welfare, Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: My husband and I are both fifth-generation farmers in Calhoun County, Iowa – raising our sixth generation! We farm with his family and are active on my family farm as well. I also work off the farm as a general practice attorney and stay active in the agriculture, law and agriculture law community. Moms are in this together, and I want to be a resource to answer any questions and share the farm life with those who don’t live it first-hand.
Facebook: Mary Lauver
Julie Van Manen
Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, pigs, soybeans, sweet corn
My Work: farmer, wife and mom
My Hobbies: baking, reading, flower gardening and having lunch with friends
Ask Me About: animal nutrition and welfare, hormones in meat and milk, family farms vs. corporate farms
About Me: Our farm has been in my husband’s family since 1927. We’ve been married for 25 years, and we still enjoy working side-by-side to finish daily chores. While we have chores that we have to complete daily, there are no two days that are the same, and that is what makes farming so great.
Website: Farm Life In Black And White
Facebook: Farm Life in Black and White
Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, dairy cattle, pigs, soybeans, wheat
My Work: farmer, wife, mom
My Hobbies: biking, travel, reading
Ask Me About: hormones in meat and milk
About Me: I work alongside my husband and our daughters on our farm. To milk our dairy cows, we use robots and, as a result, host many on-farm tours each year to see how it all works. We love to have groups visit us and are passionate about helping inform them while demonstrating our use of modern technology to better care for our land and livestock.
Website: Cinnamon Ridge Farms
Facebook: Cinnamon Ridge Farms
Our Farm: Corn, Soybeans, Beef Cattle
My Work: Family farmer, salesman
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Travel, Riding horses, showing cattle
Ask Me About: Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare, Animal Ag/Antibiotics, Hormones (in meat and milk), Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: I was born, raised, and currently still live on my family farm, where we raise beef cattle, grow corn and soybeans and have horses that we enjoy trail riding with. Off the farm, I work full time in Northeast Iowa as a Dairy Calf and Heifer Specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition. The various agriculture industries that my family is involved in are responsible for my livelihood and passions. I want everyone to know that they can trust the agriculture industry in providing a safe, wholesome and nutritious food.
Facebook: Molly Mormann
Our Farm: corn, soybeans, hogs
My Work: farmer, mom, wife
My Hobbies: baking, blogging, cooking, photography, reading, travel, writing
Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, biotechnology/GMOs, family farms versus corporate farms, food safety
About Me: I am a fifth-generation farmer, and my husband and I love raising the next generation on our farm. Lately, the hog market has been changing and challenging, and we have been trying new things to make sure we can stay sustainable. I am proud of the choices available for consumers, and I want people to feel safe, secure and confident in the food choices available.
Facebook: Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids
Blog: Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids, Val Plagge
YouTube: Valerie Plagge
Our Farm: Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa, Beef Cattle
My Work: Farmer, mom, insurance agent
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Photography, Running, Travel, Movies, Reading, Overall fitness
Ask Me About: Biotechnology/GMOs, Animal Ag/Antibiotics, Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: My husband Kevin and I currently farm corn, soybeans and alfalfa as well as raise beef cattle and our four seventh-generation farmers, who have already found their love for the farm life! I also work off the farm as an insurance agent with my family’s agency. I enjoy sharing our farm life because I think it’s important to put a face with farming and to be as transparent as possible about where food comes from.
Facebook: Sara Baldonado Ross
Dallas Center, Iowa
Our Farm: Beef Cattle
My Work: Farmer, mom, kid and cattle wrangler
My Hobbies: Baking, Photography, Flower Gardening
Ask Me About: Sustainability and Conservation, Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare, Animal Ag/Antibiotics, Family Farms vs. Corporate Farms
About Me: My husband and I, along with our two children, raise beef cattle in central Iowa and I also work off the farm as a dealer relationship adviser for John Deere. Our beef cattle are Red Angus and the mamas have calves every June, which is one of our favorite times of the year! Sustainability is also one of our top priorities, rotating pastures and making sure our soil is healthy. We eat the food we raise on our farm and trust the food produced by other farmers in the U.S. is safe to eat too.
Facebook: Rowes Red Cows
Instagram: @rowes_red_cows_and_meat_market // @rowe_kids_and_cows
Our Farm: Beef cattle, hay/pasture
My Work: Teacher, mom, farmer, entrepreneur
My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Boating, Hunting, Gardening
Ask Me About: Sustainability and Conservation, Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare
About Me: My husband, Brandon, and I raise beef cattle (and our son Wyatt). We’re active in many state and local agriculture and conservation groups, and I also help on my family farm which has been around for more than a century! As if farming and being a mom doesn’t keep me busy enough, I’ve channeled my passion for agriculture and education into a part-time job with our local Farm Bureau, teaching Ag in the Classroom. With more and more families not living on farms and not sure where their food comes from, I hope to educate all consumers about agriculture and how it affects our lives.
Facebook: 1 OAK – One Of A Kind // Keisha Thompson
Instagram: @1oakiowa // @kthomps0n7
Twitter: @1OAKiowa // @kthomps0n7