MASON CITY, Iowa- 85% of the land in the state of Iowa is used for agriculture which is why national Farm-City week is an important day to make people understand how the industry works.
One local farmer who harvests honeycomb is letting people know about the importance of bees and making sure they have plants for them to pollinate.
“If you are going to the grocery store and there were no bees in our environment you would literally not have a choice,” says Tammy Fuller, owner of Honey Dome Farms in Plymouth. “You wouldn’t have bread, you wouldn’t have fruit or vegetables on the market.”
Fuller practices what she preaches saying she even plants clovers in her front lawn.
“They think the grass is the way to go, but I let mine go,” she says. “I let my dandelions grow I like the natural pollinators grow. That’s what’s going to bring those bees back.”
And it’s farmers like her that are making people understand the relationship between farming and the city.
“They understand a lot more about how important farming is to Iowa’s local economy,” says Jude Conway, the Executive Director of Ag Ventures Alliance, says that 85% of the state is made up corn or soy and agriculture makes up around 27% of the state’s income which is an important statistic he wants to get across.
“I think that’s a really important part of it and how hard the work is,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of confusion in the market place about organic, GMO, gluten free and all of those kinds of things.”