Hermanson Family Receives 2018 Iowa State Fair "Way We Live" Award

DES MOINES, IA (07/12/2018) (readMedia)-- Nick and Katie Hermanson of Story City, Iowa will be recognized as one of 10 recipients of The Way We Live Award at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. The family will be honored in an award ceremony on Tuesday, August 14 at 11:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farm Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.

The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Each family exemplifies a dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values. Each entrant was asked to submit a short essay describing how the occupation of farming and living on a farm has shaped their life. Ten families were chosen out of forty entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.

Nick Hermanson is a 5th generation farmer on a farm that was settled by his great-grandfather in 1871 and today has multiple generations now participating in the day-to-day work for the family corn, soybean and turkey operation. About half of their corn crop is grown for their turkey operation and the organic nutrients from the turkeys is used as environmentally friendly fertilizer. The Hermanson Family is active in their local Story County Farm Bureau, Ag In the Classroom, West Liberty Foods and the Iowa Turkey Federation working on agriculture education and awareness. Nick and Katie believe the farm has always had a great influence on their lives and it is rewarding to see their kids take an interest and want to be involved.

The Way We Live Award is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO Big Show. The award started in 2009 has recognized 62 outstanding Iowa farm families so far.

Each award winning family receives a prize package of $250, complimentary admission tickets, free parking, various coupons and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair.

For more information on past award winners or the current 2018 Way We Live Award winning families, visit http://www.iowastatefair.org/participate/way-we-live-award/.

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Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. "Nothing Compares" to Iowa State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.