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CommonGround is based on the idea that we need to make food and farming personal. When consumers understand that real families are raising their food and that they share common values and expectations, they have more trust in farming.

CommonGround is an important program for Iowa Corn and other partners because as consumers get further away from the farm, the more questions they have about the food they feed their families.

This program is a joint partnership between Iowa Corn, the Iowa Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association, and the United Soybean Board. Thirty-eight women have been chosen to represent Iowa in this national campaign to talk to the consumer.

  • Rachel Binning, Johnston
  • Aimee Bissell, Bedford
  • Kellie Blair, Dayton
  • Crystal Blin, Independence
  • Laura Blomme, Victor
  • Lynn Bolin, Clarksville
  • Cassie Cannon, Prairie City
  • Laura Cunningham, Nora Springs
  • Paula Ellis, Donnellson
  • Steph Essick, Dickens
  • Anna Fedders, Ireton
  • Katie Hall, Clive
  • Katie Hermanson, Story City
  • Rhonda Hill, Madrid
  • Alicia Humphrey, Story City
  • Amber Kohlhaas, Lu Verne
  • Erica Lain, Coydon
  • Emma Lasco, Roland
  • Mary Lauver, Cleves
  • Lexi Marek, Ankeny
  • Joan Maxwell, Donahue
  • Amy Nelson, Donahue
  • LeAnne Philips, Akron
  • Val Plage, Latimer
  • Ashley Recknor, Clarion
  • Sara Ross, Minden
  • Corrine Rowe, Dallas Center
  • Shari Sell-Bakker, Dike
  • Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg
  • Laura Showalter, Hampton
  • Pat Swanson, Ottumwa
  • Keisha Thompson, Milo
  • Tarin Tiefenthaler, Carroll
  • Amy Tlach, Prole
  • Julie Van Manen, Kellogg
  • Allie Wise, Decorah
  • Nicole Woodley, Clarion
  • April Hemmes, Hampton

The goal is to create awareness and put a face to farm families, while talking to women who are purchasing the food for their families.

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