Cover of Fresh Pickings Magazine

Fresh Pickings magazine highlights soy use in apparel industry

January 11, 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 soybeans and corn are being used in the textile and apparel industries, introduces readers to an Iowa farm family with a passion for connecting with consumers, and explores upcoming trends in food and nutrition. Readers are also invited to discover a historic Iowa hotel teeming with nostalgia and unique décor and take a trip to an eastern Iowa community where German history has been preserved and is celebrated.  

Plus, learn how a beef processing facility promotes sustainability by focusing on producer relationships, get to know two women who specialize in loose-leaf tea, and discover recipes traditionally served at breakfast but perfect for any time of the day.  

Kerri Bell, a fourth-generation farmer raising corn, soybeans, cover crops and alfalfa, as well as Hereford cattle in southeast Iowa, discusses the many ways in which she integrates farming and agriculture into her second-grade class curriculum.  

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 request a mailed subscription at

Funded in part by the soybean, pork, corn, beef, dairy, egg and turkey checkoffs as well as non-checkoff resources.