Keeping Busy with Illinois Farm Families


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

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 farms.

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 nutrition information.

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 Garbes.

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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IFF Update, February 2014

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