Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Linda Olson, Consumer Communications Manager for Illinois Farm
Bureau, has provided an update on the activities of the Illinois
Farm Families® Field Moms.
Field Moms are Chicago-area moms who have questions about food,
farmers and farming. They visit Illinois Farm Families (IFF) to
learn more about what happens on today's farms. Then they share
what they learned with other moms and consumers on WatchUsGrow.org.
Illinois Farm Families are Illinois farmers who support Illinois
Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn
Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Beef
Association and Midwest Dairy Association through farmer membership
and checkoff programs. They are committed to having conversations
with consumers, answering their questions about food, farmers and
farming, and sharing what really happens on today's Illinois family
The group took their first tour for 2014 at the end of
February. Eighteen Field Moms attended a tour of Ultra Foods
in Wheaton, IL and met farmers Michele Aavang and Donna Jeschke, as
well as dietician Jodie Shield. While there, the moms learned about
misleading labels, food marketing, and even picked up some helpful
The Field Moms were eager to ask questions about organic and
conventional farming, as well as other food concerns. They also
received farmer "pen pals" with whom they'll connect on a regular
basis about food, farming and more.
Also in February, IFF Farm Mom Linda Drendel and her daughter,
Julie, spoke with eight moms near Chicago. The dairy farmers
answered questions about antibiotics and hormones in milk, as well
as raw and organic milk. They also spoke with attendees about the
Field Moms program.
To top off the busy month, Illinois Farm Families farmers and
staff responded to a Pinterest follower's question about why dairy
farmers are pledging not to inject their cows with hormones if, in
fact, hormones are safe. Illinois Farm Families explained it's a
marketing decision and not a food safety concern.
In March, the Field Moms will tour the Gould's family hog farm
in Sycamore, IL. There they will see piglets and learn more about
farrowing, as well as hear from the Gould's veterinarian, Dr. Noel
Also in March, farmer Michele Aavang will speak to a group at
East Bank Fitness Club in Chicago about food and farming. East Bank
Fitness Club's 10,000 members are invited to the event.
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for a handy chart on the group's recent activity.
Click here to visit watchusgrow.org
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