"Moms’ Day Out on the Farm" a success
SIOUX FALLS, SD – One of the most important responsibilities for today’s moms is making decisions at the grocery store about the food to feed their families. Faced with a variety of labels and product claims, it is difficult to know which foods are the most nutritious, affordable and environmentally-responsible choices. Last week, forty South Dakota moms had the opportunity to see firsthand how food is produced on local farms and learn about many of the labels they see on grocery shelves.
The first “Mom’s Day Out on the Farm” event was hosted by Agriculture United for South Dakota and included a daylong bus trip with stops at area pork, dairy, beef, corn and soybean farms. At each farm, moms were able to tour the operation, meet the farmers, and ask questions about every aspect of food production. In addition, Dr. Corale Dorn, a veterinarian from Dell Rapids, SD, spoke about animal care and addressed many questions about product labels and claims.
“Mom’s Day Out on the Farm was a great opportunity for women who make the decisions about what goes on their families’ tables to learn more about where those products come from,” said Kelly Wubben, outreach director for Ag United. “Within 25 miles of Sioux Falls, we were able to meet pork, dairy and beef producers and see how they care for their animals and protect the environment.”
Tour participants each received gift certificates for beef and pork products and ethanol fuel totaling $50, and were eligible for a drawing for $500 in ethanol gift certificates. Lori Lundeen of Sioux Falls, SD, won the $500 drawing.
“It was exciting to host a group of fellow moms at our family’s farm, especially those who had never been around a farm or animals before,” said Sarah VanDerVliet, who farms with her husband near Colton, SD. “I think we were able to answer a lot of questions about how animals are cared for and how food goes from our farm to grocery stores and eventually their families’ tables.”
Ag United was developed through a collaboration of farm organizations that support livestock production and development and includes the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the South Dakota Soybean Association. The President of the organization is Volga farmer, Scott VanderWal; the Secretary is Astoria farmer, Dave Iverson.
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