In 1985, the U.S. was gripped by a Farm Crisis that bankrupted thousands of family farms. Hayden Fry, the University of Iowa’s head football coach at that time, knew that the crisis touched many of his team’s players and fans. Never one to accept defeat, Fry quietly went to work on a game plan to raise awareness of farmers who were struggling.
On November 2, 1985, the Iowa Hawkeyes faced off against Ohio State in a nationally televised matchup, sporting a new addition to their helmets: a simple yellow circle, with the letters “A-N-F”. It stood for “America Needs Farmers.”
Thirty-one years later, ANF remains a testament to the families that proudly give their all to provide the nation’s diverse food supply. A lot has changed since 1985, but America (Still) Needs Farmers!
Show Your Support, Enter to Win
Please join your voice to others sharing their support for America’s farmers on November 2, 2016 (the 31 st anniversary of ANF) and enter to win ANF prizes! Click the button below and sign up now to automatically share a message supporting America’s farmers via your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr account at noon on November 2.
On November 3, we will draw the names of 31 individuals who shared the message and send them a prize! 28 winners will receive an ANF stocking hat. 3 winners will receive a football or mini helmet autographed by Iowa Hawkeye legend and 2016 ANF Wall of Honor inductee Dallas Clark!
Winners will be notified via email, so you must provide us your email address to be eligible to win! You will be prompted to share your email address after you agree to share the message on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr. See full contest rules here.
Then Change Your Profile Photo
Looking for other ways to show your support for America’s farm families? Click here to add ANF to your Facebook and Twitter profile photos!