Dairy farmer Dean Engelman of Jansen and six other Nebraska food producers helped launch the “Nebraska Farmers Feed US” program Monday.
The program is a three-month statewide sweepstakes where Nebraskans can log on to www.FarmersFeedUS.org, meet some of the state’s farmers and their families through short videos, and then register to win free groceries for a year, a $5,000 value.
“As more people live in urban areas, they are not connected with agriculture,” Willow Holoubek, organizational director for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), said. “It is an excellent opportunity for consumers to learn more about where food comes from.”
Nebraska is the 13th state to be part of the Farmers Feed US program. The goal of the program is to help reconnect consumers with Nebraska farmers.
“We want to show what Nebraska farmers do each day to bring food to consumers’ tables,” Holoubek said
Engelman is a third generation dairy farmer. His farm, Classic Dairy, has about 900 cows.
“We just want to let people know, where their food comes from and how we treat our animals, how safe it is and all the things involved in a dairy operation,” Engelman said.
As a member of the Midwest Dairy Board, Engelman enjoys educating people about what goes on in a dairy.
The other featured Nebraskans are Chad Bartek, soybean farmer, Ithaca; Angela Baysinger, veterinarian, Friend; Kyle Cantrell, corn farmer, Anselmo; Danny Kluthe, hog farmer, Dodge; Pat Raybould, grocer, Lincoln; and Mike Shinn, turkey farmer, Gibbon.
Consumers can register with each of the seven featured individuals daily through April 8 to win a chance at free groceries for a year.
“We just want to make sure people do realize that dairy farmers work 24/7 365, and we take good care of our animals to produce a delicious product,” Engelman said. “If people wonder what does go on, they are welcome to come out. We give tours all the time.”