For nearly 12 months and counting, COVID-19 has disrupted lives and livelihoods across America and the entire world. Here in Iowa, the breadbasket to the world, hardworking Iowans continue to do what we do best: get food from farm to fork, from one generation to the next.
As I continue my annual 99 county meetings, I’ve witnessed that no matter the setting or the audience, the economic wellbeing of Iowans is interconnected. A financial advisor in Waukee, a transportation logistics engineer in Ankeny and a soil scientist in Ames have a stake in Iowa’s farm economy. When Iowa farmers are doing well, local suppliers, lenders, landlords, Main Street businesses and the tax base are better off, as well.
It’s wonderful to see the next generation following our vocational calling to feed the world, teeming with Iowa ingenuity. Young leaders across our state wake up every morning to grow their idea into a prosperous business that meets consumer demand and puts wholesome food on our tables. Like the pioneers who cultivated Iowa’s agrarian heritage before them, they’re plowing ahead during a yearlong pandemic and the recent polar vortex.
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