Similar to Ask the Farmers, the next agriculture website welcomes questions from curious consumers and is happy to answer them online. And, just like Ask the Farmers, they have a group of farmers who volunteer their time to answer questions and post about agriculture. But, they take it a step farther by inviting a select group of those consumers to Illinois farms.
Illinois Farm Families is made up of farmers who support Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Beef Association and Midwest Dairy Association through farmer membership and checkoff programs. They 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.
Each year, Illinois Farm Families sends a group of urban moms out on a series of farm tours to get their questions answered. No question is off limits and the moms, known as City Moms, have a chance to ask questions about anything from GMOs and animal care to pesticides and hormones in livestock.
After each tour, the City Moms put pen to paper and blog about their experiences – good or bad. They take pictures, post on social media and share what they’ve learned with other consumers who have questions, too.
Their website is a wealth of excellent information about farms, farmers and agriculture. They’re not afraid to tackle any subject and they’re not afraid to answer the hard questions.
Check out the whole 30-day series here: