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Henry County Farm Bureau hosts Quad City Moms Blog group for a 'Night on the Farm'

Jill Loehr, Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer

August 14, 2016

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Parents want to feed their children nutritious meals from a safe, reliable source. That’s why Quad City Mom Blogger Kim Woodward says their group partnered with the Henry County Farm Bureau to “open the lines of communication with moms, parents and farmers.”

After a year of planning, coordinating and educating, the Henry County Farm Bureau hosted the Quad City Mom Blog annual family event on July 30, 2016 at Chamberlain Farms near Geneseo. 

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Megan Dwyer, education committee chair for the Henry County Farm Bureau, says the relationship with the Quad City Mom Blog started over Facebook. The connection and ongoing conversation with the Henry County Farm Bureau, Woodward explains, helped the 15 Quad City Mom Blog writers understand what’s really happening with food production. “It really started with us learning things from the Henry County Farm Bureau on nutrition,” Woodward explains. “Moms are pressured to buy organic or the most expensive produce and dairy; it opened our eyes to how much of that is marketing and packaging.”

Woodward adds she now understands that “antibiotic-free doesn’t mean much when the products can’t have antibiotics in them.” The QCMB writers found the truth behind food production so compelling they wanted to bring more moms in the loop.

“Family Night on the Farm” was born.

Dwyer says the event sold out in less than one week. More than 59 families and 100 children registered and attended the event.

Rain throughout the day and night didn’t damper attendance. Moms, dads and kids of all ages kept busy at several stations: Technology in Agriculture, Aisles of Choices, What’s in my food, Animal welfare and Illinois Ag.

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Dennis Verbeck, Henry County Farm Bureau president, says the event was exactly the kind of outreach the newly formed education committee wanted to achieve. Verbeck says consumers, especially moms, need to know, “We (farmers) care about you, the consumer, we care about the environment and we do our best to give you the safest, most affordable food in the world.”

The Quad City Mom Blog has 20,000 unique users and 6,000 Facebook followers from the Quad City area and beyond.

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Jill Loehr

Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer, Loehr

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