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Family and fun showcased at Farm Bureau Park at 2016 Iowa State Fair

Farm Bureau Park at the Iowa State Fair
Win $1,000 in free groceries, $2,000 in ethanol gas and more

Iowa State fairgoers are invited to Farm Bureau Park to meet Iowa farmers and learn about the many ways they grow safe, healthy food, while protecting the environment.  Farmers say earning the trust of Iowans is a critical focus as the majority of consumers are two to three generations removed from the farm and have several questions about farming today.  While learning more about agriculture from Iowa farmers, fairgoers can also check out exhibits, play games, and register to win great prizes at Farm Bureau Park.

“Farm Bureau has so much to offer Iowans, so we encourage fairgoers to stop by Farm Bureau Park to visit with farmers, learn more about their food and the benefits of our organization,” says Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) president.  “We are proud to share the story of Iowa agriculture and highlight how farmers are working to protect the environment.  Sustainability can only happen if farmers take care of the land, because the land is their lifeblood, their history, as well as their future,” says Hill.    

Farm Bureau Park will continue to highlight conservation progress and commitment by hosting Iowa State University’s Conservation Station, part of the Iowa Learning Farms, which highlights ways farmers are implementing innovative practices to protect soil and water quality. The station includes a rainfall simulator that demonstrates how rain affects various soil treatments and also features a “Poo Shuffle” educational game for kids and adults. 

IFBF members should look for the state fair insert in the July 27 issue of the Spokesman and August issue of Family Living for a coupon for a free membership ‘thank you’ gift.  Iowa Farm Bureau members will also have the opportunity to win a Polaris Ranger 570 4x4 full-size UTV, provided by Van Wall and Polaris. 

Iowans who sign up to become Farm Bureau members during the fair will receive a $10 ethanol gas card and are entered to win $2,000 in free ethanol gas. All visitors to the park can enter a drawing for $1,000 in free groceries at a store of their choice.

Farm Bureau Park is also hosting numerous free health care resources this year, including blood pressure testing and additional valuable health screenings daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Other health resources offered during the fair include abdominal aortic artery screenings from IFBF Partner of Choice, Stroke Detection Plus, on Tuesday, August 16, dental screenings on Tuesday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, hearing tests, nutritional counseling, and more.  A daily schedule of the health care screenings can be found in the State Fair insert in the Spokesman or Family Living member publications.



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