Farm to Factory

In the early days of farming, livestock and grain products were processed locally to serve local, regional and national markets. These facilities had limited capacity, which in turn restricted the amount of livestock and grain farmers could produce. But advances in refrigeration, transportation and processing changed all that, greatly expanding the markets for Iowa’s products. Today, delivering farm products from fields to tables has become a multi-billion dollar, multi-national industry. Companies like John deere, Quaker oats, Pioneer, Cargill, AdM and Maytag have become successful, wellknown companies by producing retail goods using Iowa’s products and labor.

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