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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. Eleven women have been chosen to represent Iowa in this national campaign to talk to the consumer.

  • Laura Blomme, Victor
  • Sara Ross, Minden
  • Val Plagge, Latimer
  • Kelli Blair, Dayton
  • Julie Van Manen, Kellogg
  • Racehl Binning, Clive,
  • Laura Cunningham, Nora Springs
  • Rhonda Hill, Madrid
  • Nicole Woodley, Clarion
  • Joan Maxwell, Donachue
  • Amber Kohlhaas, Clarion
  • Crystal Blin, Independence
  • Lynn Bolin, Clarksville
  • Cassie Cannon, Newton

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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