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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Way We Live

The Iowa State Fair…you may have heard of it.  But you may not have heard of the “Way We Live Award.”  I hadn’t, until I got a call in June saying that we had WON!


The Iowa Turkey Federation nominated our family for the award, which “recognizes industrious Iowa families who demonstrate a daily dedication to animal agriculture and exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming.”

We are so honored to receive this award.  I’ve only been a part of animal agriculture for about 3 years now, but I’ve learned so much in that time.  I know that there are other families who do what we do, and have been doing so for much, much longer, so to be chosen as an award winner is pretty cool.  I hope that we represent Iowa’s farm families well!

We will be at the fair Friday for our recognition ceremony.  If you’re going to be at the fair, check out our video in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, and make sure you look for the cutout of the turkey farmer…it’s Bart. :)



The Way We Live Award Winners

Our nomination essay


  1. How awesome! I remember seeing pictures of me as a toddler at the Iowa State Fair. My parents always said that it's "THE BEST" State Fair. Nice job!

  2. Congratulations, Katie!! That's fantastic!

  3. Congratulations to you! What a neat honor! :)

  4. Katie! This is so awesome!!! Congrats and have fun at the fair!

  5. Congrats Katie. Very well deserved. We move in on Saturday with five Hereford heifers. Have a great time with your family at the fair.

  6. Congratulations!!! That is so awesome and well deserved!

  7. Congratulations! I loved taking my family to the Iowa State Fair. This will be the first time in 5 years we have not been. My kiddos especially loved the Animal Learning Center. Enjoy your trip to the fair!

  8. Congrats! Our farm has received several awards like this including the Hoosier Homestead award (for working farms that have been in the same family for over 100 years) and the River Friendly Farmer Award at our state fair. It's good to see that people still care and give little "snaps" to farmers who care and are responsible in their techniques.

  9. Congratulations! I'll have to check out the Bart cutout when we go to the fair hopefully over the weekend.