AGRICULTURAL

Chicago-Area Moms Head Back to Farm Country with More Food Questions for Illinois Farm Families

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Chicago-area moms are returning to rural Illinois June 8-9 to explore another family farm and get answers to their questions about food and farming. The moms – called Field Moms – are part of a yearlong investigation into what really happens on today’s farms. This time, the moms will tour Ron and Deb Moore’s farm in Roseville, along with several nearby agricultural businesses.

The moms will recognize at least one of the faces on the Moore farm. Since last fall, Deb has traveled with the Field Moms as they have explored other Illinois farms. Raised in Chicagoland herself, Moore can relate to the city moms and their questions about the food they feed their families.

On June 8, the Field Moms will have dinner with farmers from the Warren-Henderson County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Soybean and Beef associations. Day two begins with a grain elevator tour at the Twomey Company in Gladstone, where the moms will delve into farm chemical use and safety, as well as soybean marketing.

Then the moms will tour the Moores’ farm where they'll see examples of farmland stewardship, how technology helps farmers be more efficient and how farmers care for their animals. The Monsanto Research Farm in Monmouth is the last stop, where the moms will get their questions answered about genetically modified crops, why farmers use them and how they are developed and tested.

The Field Moms are Amy Hansmann, River Forest; Amy Rossi, Naperville; Angel Ishmael, Chicago; Betsie Estes, Elk Grove Village; Farrah Brown, Glendale Heights; Jennifer Weiss, Big Rock; Joelen Tan, Chicago; Julie Barreda, Chicago; and Pilar Clark, Lisle.

Deb and Ron Moore are among the thousands of Illinois Farm Families who are opening their doors to show consumers how their food is grown and raised. The Moores have been farming for more than three decades. They raise grain on 1,000 acres in Warren County and also have 250 acres of pasture for their feeder cattle. To learn more about the Moores, the Field Moms and their previous farm tours, visit the Illinois Farm Families website, WatchUsGrow.org.

Illinois Farm Families are Illinois farmers who support Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, and Illinois Beef Association through farmer-funded membership and checkoff programs, including the Illinois soybean checkoff.

We are committed to having conversations with consumers, answering their questions about food, farmers and farming, and sharing what really happens on today’s Illinois family farms. More than 94 percent of Illinois farms are family owned and operated. We are passionate about showing consumers how we grow safe, healthy food for their families and ours.

We invite you to visit us at www.watchusgrow.org.