WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — In celebration of Iowa’s diverse livestock industry, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is proudly sponsoring the “Avenue of Breeds” at the Iowa State Fair for the eighth year in a row.
The 2018 Iowa State Fair runs August 9 – 19 and the Avenue of Breeds is one of the fair’s most popular attractions. Located in the northwest corner of the Swine Barn, the exhibit showcases 125 different animals and provides fairgoers with educational information about the livestock displayed.Members of the North Polk FFA chapter volunteer to answer questions from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily and also to tend to the animals throughout the fair.
“The livestock exhibited in the Avenue of Breeds showcases the diversity of Iowa farms,” CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham said.“Livestock is so important to the success of agriculture in Iowa and a terrific way to encourage young people to stay in the rural areas of our state.And, the diligence of the North Polk FFA members caring for those animals reflects the passion and values of farm families across the state. These FFA members accurately depict the daily hard work and dedication of Iowa’s farm families and their efforts make the exhibit a continuous success.”
Fairgoers have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with over 55 breeds of cattle, horses, sheep and fish. The Avenue of Breeds also showcases exotic animals that are not exhibited in any other barns.
“Whether you raise livestock or have never been to an Iowa farm, the Avenue of Breeds is an exhibit everyone can enjoy,” CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham said.“If you are interested in learning more about how animals are raised or would like to visit with livestock caretakers, visit the Avenue of Breeds at this year’s Iowa State Fair.”
Individuals not able to attend the fair can get an inside look into the Avenue of Breeds by following #AveOfBreeds on Facebook and Twitter during the fair.
CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock responsibly and successfully. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.
— Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers
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