Cow on cover of magazine

Fresh Pickings magazine explores how farmers control pests

April 18, 2024 | Lydia Zerby

More than 147,000 food and health-minded Iowans discovered the latest issue of Fresh Pickings magazine in their mailboxes, email inboxes and on social media this week.

The Iowa Food & Family Project’s seasonal print publication makes modern agriculture accessible, interesting and relevant to consumers statewide through personable editorial and stunning photography.

The latest issue showcases how the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund brings farmers and large corporations together to advance sustainability goals, introduces readers to a family with a rich history of raising cattle and producing beef, and explores how farmers and industry experts use pest control solutions to protect Iowa’s crops. Readers are invited to visit a great Iowa community with a passion for agriculture and its residents and enjoy a small-town restaurant committed to serving high-quality food and creating connections.

Plus, find tips for creating a lush, green lawn, discover recipes for fresh and hearty spring salads and meet a family who found success selling delicious egg rolls to farmer's market patrons.

Kerri Bell, a fourth-generation farmer raising corn, soybeans, cover crops and alfalfa, as well as Hereford cattle in southeast Iowa, introduces readers to her twin adult daughters, who are embracing off-farm jobs while continuing the family-farming tradition.

Fresh Pickings magazine, published quarterly, is available at no cost at Iowa-based Earl May Garden Centers and distributed at Iowa FFP events (while supplies last) as well as by partners and select organizations featured in the issue. Readers can also view the publication online and request a mailed subscription at