Sharing our farm lifestyle made a connection

We are farmers. And, on Aug. 21, about 50 people traveled to our farm, located just north of Marshalltown, to learn about what we do every day as part of Marshall County Farm Bureau’s “Making the Connection” ag tours.

As a family, we have raised quality corn, soybeans and hogs in Marshall County for 150 years.

We are proud that the efforts of Iowa farmers feed 290 people (the national average is actually 155). We are proud that our work is a vital contribution to the most abundant and safest food supply in the world. We are proud that farming and agri-businesses support a healthy economic environment in Iowa. One out of every five jobs in our state are related to ag.

But agriculture is not just about raising corn, soybeans and livestock. This week’s “Making the Connection” ag tour on Thursday, Aug. 28, visitors will meet another type of producer as well as an ag-business owner.

The first stop at 5:30 p.m. will be a “field” trip to Maxwell Farms. For 14 years, Greg Maxwell has supplied a variety of fresh produce to Central Iowa grocery stores and restaurants. This site, located at 3111 Canfield Ave., rural Rhodes, features 9,000 trellised tomato plants and vine crops that include several varieties of squash.

Close out the evening with a visit to Hemesath Seed, at 1116 240th Street just west of State Center. Since 2000, Tom Hemesath has provided his customers in western Marshall County with high-quality Pioneer corn and soybean seed as well as crop consultation services.

We thank the guests who “made the connection” with modern agriculture by spending time with us last week to learn about our history, our lifestyle and our commitment to the future and invite them, as well as others, to learn more from other tour opportunities. Information is available by Please call Marshall County Farm Bureau at 641-753-6637 to learn more.