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Meet an Iowa Farmer: Emily Cook

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:32 AM by Iowa Corn

The Iowa Corn Growers Association is proud to serve our more than 8,000 farmer members across the state. These members are the backbone of our organization and each month we are honored to introduce you to a new ICGA member through our "Meet an Iowa Farmer" series. This month we are proud to feature Emily Cook, a farmer and ICGA member from Wright County.


Tell about you, your family, and your background and farm operation
I’m a third generation farmer, working alongside my husband, and my family. On our farm we grow mainly corn here in Wright County.  I graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Apparel Merchandising. I started my working career in the apparel side of high end golf courses across the country. In those jobs I learned valuable lessons about myself, and what I really wanted in my life. However, my heart always remained on the farm back in Iowa. I’ve been blessed to have family who is willing to take time to share their knowledge and experiences with me. I’m forever grateful for their patience with me as I continue to learn about agriculture and the farm.    


Why did you decide to be a farmer? 
When my husband and I first got engaged we tried to figure out where we wanted life to take us. We both wanted to have a career which made a difference in the world, one where we could find happiness, and still be close to family. The answer for us was Iowa, and the farm where I grew up.  


What else do you dedicate time to outside of farming?
My husband and I are active in our church where we teach an after school program for the youth in our community. I also enjoy baking, throwing dinner parties, gardening, and reading classic books. 

Any farming advice or life lessons you'd share with new farmers? 
I think it is important to not be afraid to break the mold and the stereotypes which women often face in agriculture. Find what makes you happy, and do everything you can to stay that way.  
  
During the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk game who do you root for?
My Alma Mater, Go Cyclones! 

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