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On our blog we tackle hard issues that are important to all of us as citizens of our country that range from food to farming to family. We give you a clearer understanding of what we do, what we care about and how it affects how you feed your family.

Check out the blog every couple of weeks to see what’s new in sustainable agriculture, food safety and quality, life on our farm, recipes, and more!

The Story Behind Your Egg Yolks

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Story Behind Your Egg Yolks

Here in the US, many of us have grown accustomed to pale yellow egg yolks. If we saw the egg yolks from chickens raised abroad, we’d probably wonder what the heck was wrong with our eggs. It may surprise you to know that the natural color of wild poultry eggs is actually a deep orange color, not quite as bright as the outer peel of a particularly ripe orange. Of course, there’s plenty of room for variance in nature – sometimes you might encounter a bright yellow yolk or one that has a paler hue. But in nature, you’d never find the...

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How Do You Spell Transparency?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

How Do You Spell Transparency?

When’s the last time you looked at a menu and read that something was “sustainably sourced,” “organically grown” or “farm-to-table”? If you’re like most of us, it probably wasn’t too long ago. In fact, these buzz words of the food industry have been trending for years. Why? Because restaurants and manufacturers know that customers want to trust the food they’re putting into their bodies. But it’s more than just these fancy buzz words that are trending within the food, restaurant, and agriculture industry –...

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Here’s how we keep our water clean Iowa.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Here’s how we keep our water clean Iowa.

Grass-based agriculture completely eliminates the need for the nitrate-rich chemicals other farmers use - if all farmers got on board, think of the time, money and water we would all save - it’s real-life evidence that cows are all you need for an effective, sustainable operation.

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We don’t use pesticides: Here’s why.

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We don’t use pesticides: Here’s why.

Lately in Iowa, there’s been a lot of conversation around clean water. The discussion is largely about whether lawmakers can fix the problem – and if so, how. The issue is complicated and multi-faceted. However, as farmers, we know that part of the solution is that we need to be careful about what we put into the soil. Part of that problem? Pesticides. While pesticides may not be the only pollutant in our water, there have been a multitude of studies showing that the chemicals do in fact affect the health of both the ecosystem and...

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Do you know what’s in your food? We do!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Do you know what’s in your food? We do!

They say ignorance is bliss, but many people are starting to disagree – especially when it comes to what they're eating. A recent study from Technomic found that people are increasingly becoming more concerned with what exactly is in their food (a trend we at Heartland are completely on board with).

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If You Could Talk to the Animals…

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

If You Could Talk to the Animals…

Whether it’s killer whales or chickens, people are concerned about animal welfare – as well they should be. Farmers are no different, though many would make us out to be cruel and uncaring. Just as our parents taught us, and their parents taught them, we’ve taught our children to treat all of god’s creatures with love and respect. It’s just the right thing to do. From the food producer’s perspective, we treat our cows, hogs, and chickens in the most humane manner possible. From what they eat to how we care for their health to the environment...

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Exposed! The Truth About Family Farms

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Exposed! The Truth About Family Farms

Recently the City of Des Moines Water Works sued three counties in Iowa – Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun. The reason? Nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River and threaten the city’s water quality. We are troubled by the behavior of both the City and the responses from the counties and general public.  Not surprisingly, a media circus has ensued with barbs flying and misinformation disseminated faster than we can Tweet. I’m not writing to take a stand either way, but to point something out. That both the city and its public...

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Where’s The Beef? Everywhere.

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Where’s The Beef? Everywhere.

Recently, they published an article entitled One Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done indicating that 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten, and we can do better. This made us think of beef. Do you ever wonder just how much of a cow is wasted when beef is produced?

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Heartland Fresh Featured in The Hawkeye

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Heartland Fresh Featured in The Hawkeye

Donnellson’s Leslie Hulsebus had a growing concern about the quality of food she was purchasing from her local supermarket for her three children and husband. She was also aware that the beef finding its way to the family dinner table was produced in less than a humane manner. But unlike many others that share the same worries, Hulsebus was in a position to do something about her concerns.

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Supply and Demand

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Supply and Demand

Welcome back to our blog. It’s been a while since we’ve shared our perspectives on local food and sustainable agriculture but we’re about to ramp things up again so stay tuned! With the holidays coming around and the demand for our meat increasing, we thought it’d be a good time to get into how supply and demand work on farms like ours. You probably know we primarily raise cattle in addition to chickens, turkeys, hogs, sheep and goats.  We treat our animals well and manage their lives and environment in the most natural way possible. Each of...

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