Iowa Farm Bureau’s Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaway kicks off today in partnership with Fareway Meat and Grocery, giving Iowans a chance to win a $200 Fareway meat gift card from each of the grocery stores’ 113 locations in Iowa. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a Traeger Pro 22 Smoker Grill, a $500 Wagyu meat bundle, a Grizzly soft-sided cooler and other backyard barbeque gear. 

Iowans can enter for a chance to win by visiting and answering five multiple choice questions about how farmers provide nutrient-dense meat, dairy and eggs, while also caring for their animals and the environment. One entry per email address is allowed; contest ends June 25. 

“This contest is part of our Real Farmers. Real Food. Real Meat. initiative which celebrates the nutritional value of animal protein and the farmers who provide it,” says IFBF President Brent Johnson. “Summer in Iowa is the perfect time of year to gather with friends and family, while grilling or smoking the real meats Iowans love and our local farmers are proud to raise.  Livestock farmers continue to find ways to focus on sustainability while promoting animal care, and this contest is a great way to show that commitment.”

Animal-based proteins are high-quality, complete proteins, according to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University. Meat, eggs and dairy are the only natural source of Vitamin B12, which promotes brain development in children and proper nervous system function. Red meat and poultry also provide the majority of zinc in American diets to support immune health. 

“Fareway has long recognized nutritious meat comes from dedicated, responsible farmers,” says Fareway Vice President of Market Operations Jeff Cook. “This contest not only celebrates the hard-working men and women in our state who bring food from gate to plate, but it also celebrates food as an experience. Good memories are made around the grill, and Fareway is humbled to be a part of that.”