The Van Regenmorter family of Inwood will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. The family will be honored in an award ceremony on Sunday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. “Nothing Compares” to the Iowa State Fair, set for August 7-17.
The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. The families each exemplify dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values. Each entrant was asked to submit a short essay describing how the occupation of farming and living on a farm has shaped their lives. Six families were chosen out of 38 entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.
Chad and Jody Van Regenmorter and their two daughters, Rebecca, 16, and Emily, 13, farm approximately 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and oats, and manage a 160-sow farrow operation. The farm has been in their family for three generations beginning in the 1950s when Chad’s grandfather began raising poultry. Chad’s father and brother also work on the family farm or at the family-owned service station.
Active in their community, Chad and Jody have been members of Farm Bureau, the Corn Growers Association and the Pork Producers Association as well as several church groups. They have served in many leadership positions on numerous county and state boards and are active advocates of educational advancements of agriculture. When their daughters are away from the farm, Rebecca and Emily both attend West Lyon Community Schools and are active in 4-H. Rebecca also serves on the county council and participates in FFA. They will both show hogs at this year’s county fair.
The Van Regenmorter family will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair tickets, free parking and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair. The Way We Live Award is sponsored by WHO NewsRadio 1040 and Tractor Supply Company.
“Nothing Compares” to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.