Iowa Food and Family Project Magazine

Summer issue of Fresh Pickings delivers ag awareness to consumers statewide

July 14, 2023 | Lydia Zerby

More than 140,000 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 are benefitting people in Egypt and Morroco and how innovations in food packaging are utilizing plant-based solutions. Plus, readers will take a historic road trip on the Lincoln Highway and discover a unique grain bin Airbnb that allows visitors to experience rural Iowa. We also visit Jones Dairy where the family shares a passion for cow comfort and the nutritious milk they produce.

Erica Lain, who grows soybeans and corn and raises beef cattle with her husband Kenton, completes her year-long “Fresh Picked” magazine series by exploring the ways in which farmers connect with consumers and why it’s so important to continue building trust in modern agriculture.

Fresh Pickings magazine, published quarterly, is available at no cost at Iowa-based Earl May Nursery & 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

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