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Source: Iowa Soybean Assn news release

The Iowa Food & Family Project has convened a 17-member advisory team to guide and implement activities that inspire stronger relationships, awareness and trust between rural and urban Iowans.

"As stated by our theme, the Iowa Food & Family Project is uniting farmers and consumers by creating opportunities for engagement through conversations and activities," says Aaron Putze, director of communications and coordinator of the Iowa Food & Family Project for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). "It's an opportune time to make these connections, given the renaissance of interest in food, its quality and how it's produced."

The Iowa FFP (, launched last year by the ISA, is a purpose-driven initiative involving nearly 30 dedicated and committed partners, including farm organizations, food retailers, businesses and food relief associations. It's dedicated to inspiring greater awareness, understanding and trust between farmers and consumers through personal engagement and advocacy.

The advisory team helps the Iowa Food & Family Project accomplish its mission by providing strategic input, surfacing issues, prioritizing activities and developing long-term partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Advisory team members include: Nancy Degner, Iowa Beef Industry Council; Linda Dunshee, LINK Associates (Des Moines); Wayne Fredericks, Iowa Soybean Association; Kim Abels and Clarence Hudson, Iowa Sports Foundation; Michelle Hurd, Iowa Grocery Industry Association; Joyce Hoppes, Iowa Pork Producers Association; Julie Kenney, Pioneer H-Bred International; Gretta Irwin, Iowa Turkey Federation; and Jim Knuth, Farm Credit Services of America.

Also: Kent Lehs, Midwest Dairy Association; Greg Rinehart, Rinehart Family Farm (Ogden); Seth Shannon, American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter; Catherine Swoboda, World Food Prize; Tony Wilson, Applied Art & Technology, Des Moines; Jordan Vernoy, Iowa Food Bank Association; and Kevin Vinchattle, Iowa Poultry Association.

The Iowa Food & Family Project proudly serves as presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa, and conducts innovative activities including "Be Our Guest, Be A Farmer" and "U on the Farm" contests and one-of-a-kind agricultural experiences at the Iowa State Fair.

In addition, the Iowa Food & Family Project also coordinated the recently-completed "Special Delivery: Homes. Help. Hope. For Haiti" campaign co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ag Secretary Bill Northey. It generated more than $400,000 in contributions to the Global Compassion Network for the purchase of soy-based Meals from the Heartland and more than 60 Safe T HomesŪ designed and constructed by Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Find out more about the Iowa Food & Family Project and join in a conversation about food and farming at and

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