Just as farmers continue to work hard to harvest this year’s crop, we know you as media are working just as hard to cover Iowa’s corn harvest from many angles. Below are a few resources and ideas we would like to provide to you for your Harvest 2016 coverage.
The volunteer farmer-leaders that serve the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) invite you to do ride alongs in their equipment as they harvest their crop. They also will be available to do phone interviews upon request. (These interviews will require a bit of planning and flexibility on everyone’s part, and will be dependent on the weather and timing. Please contact us in advance to schedule an interview with a local farmer in your area.)
Get a first-hand look at what it takes to bring in the harvest, and find out where the corn goes after it leaves the field.
Learn more about a farmer’s economic outlook is for this coming year, and where he/she expects prices to go from here.
While riding in the combine, take note of the grassy waterways, terraces, cover crops and other conservation measures Iowa corn farmers are employing to make sure their soil and nutrients stay put.
Access some of Iowa Corn’s best harvest photos and video, including:
Click here to view and download Iowa corn harvest photos. Please accredit Iowa Corn any photos you use. B-roll, audio and videos are available upon request.
Bell Farms near Keota is a busy place, especially during harvest season. Fourteen-year- old twin sisters Sophie and Ellie Bell are pulling double duty as high school freshmen athletes and hardworking farmHers on their family farm. See how they farm 30 acres in a crop share with their grandparents. Click here to check out their story.
Experience a day in the life on the Meyers family farm near Rock Rapids. Dean Meyers and his sons overcame some small snags during harvest last week demonstrating that hard work, determination and perseverance are just a few of the qualities Iowa Corn Farmers display on a daily basis. Click here to see their story.
Follow this year’s harvest action at #Harvest16 using our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Contact: Lisa Cassady, Iowa Corn Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-225-9242, 515-443-3947 (Cell)
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.