America Needs Farmers
At a time when farmers face a slew of challenges from weather, trade, low prices in commodity markets and other “uncontrollables,” the sentiment of “America Needs Farmers” still rings true today.
Former Iowa Hawkeye star Matt Kroul grows conventional corn and soybeans and raises cattle on his family’s 150-year-old eastern Iowa farm. He also grows pumpkins and “vegetables from A to Z,” and he’s part of a community supported agriculture (CSA) exchange that allows locals to buy seasonal produce from his farm. He’s your "typical" Iowa farmer...
Former Hawkeye standout Matt Kroul named this year's ANF Wall of Honoree
Iowa Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry created ANF, America Needs Farmers, to remind Americans of farming’s importance during the 1980s Farm Crisis. Today, farming remains a pillar of Iowa’s economy and its communities. ANF is a way to celebrate farming’s enduring importance for Iowa and America.
In this episode, we discuss the Farm Bureau Health Plan (a one-year-old comprehensive health plan that’s saving some Iowans thousands of dollars) and a new study quantifying the economic impact of Iowa agriculture. We also chat with Iowa Hawkeye greats Kirk Ferentz and Matt Kroul about the America Needs Farmers (ANF) cause, as we prepare to celebrate the ninth annual ANF Game Day, October 12 at Kinnick Stadium.
On October 12, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and University of Iowa Hawkeyes will team up to celebrate Iowa’s farmers during the 9th annual America Needs Farmers (ANF) Game Day.
Again this year, in recognition of the Iowa Farm Bureau’s sponsorship of the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa and ongoing support of the America Needs Farmers initiative, the University of Iowa Athletics Department is providing staff and the membership of the Iowa Farm Bureau the opportunity to purchase tickets to select home games of the 2018 Iowa football season at special pricing.
Aaron Kampman knew about planting, growing, and harvesting long before he lettered in football for the University of Iowa from 1998-2001.
This Saturday, through family-friendly tailgate games, about 40 young Iowa farmers will share how they grow crops or raise animals.
After his professional football playing career, Aaron Kampman, his wife, Linde, and their children could have relocated anywhere in the country. They chose Iowa.