A peek in on producers

Iowa leads the way in agriculture, yet so many people don’t know how it’s done on a daily basis or where their food comes from.

The Marshall County Farm Bureau wants to show what modern farming is like to adults during a series of farm and agriculture-related tours known as “Making the Connection.”

The free weekly tours start next week and will include a variety of area producers, food marketers and other people who work in the agriculture industry.

“The point of these tours are to introduce people who have not been on farm or maybe have not been on a farm in awhile to what farm life is like today,” said Jean Klosterman of the Farm Bureau. “People will be able to talk to these families and learn about what they do.”

The first stop is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Burt Family farm at 2747 170th St. north of Marshalltown. Allen Burt, who is president of the Marshall County Farm Bureau, will welcome visitors to his family’s farm that Thursday.

“It’s important that we get the word out about agriculture and all work together,” he said. “We all eat and we all need to learn where our food comes from.”

Burt said the move from the farm to the cities has transformed the country and left people in the dark about agriculture.

“In 200 years we have gone from 2 percent of the population living in cities to 98 percent,” Burt said. He said they will also offer a pork-chop-on-a-stick to visitors that night.

Other stops will include various farms, specialty crop producers, marketers of food and other agriculture-related businesses.

The Farm Bureau would prefer people call the office at 641-753-6637 to sign up, but people who want to show up to the tours that day are also welcome. Transportation is available to some of the locations.