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 fifth year in a row.
The 2015 Iowa State Fair runs August 13-23 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 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and also to tend to the animals throughout the fair.
“Agriculture is the heartbeat of Iowa, providing one in five jobs in the state, with livestock alone generating $31.6 billion for the state’s economy,” CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham said. “The livestock exhibited in the Avenue of Breeds showcases the diversity of Iowa farms. 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.”
Fairgoers have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with more than 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,” said Waddingham. “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 attend the fair can get an inside look into the Avenue of Breeds by following #AveOfBreeds on Facebook and Twitter during the fair.
CSIF was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.
The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the coalition at (800) 932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.