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Nicole Patterson
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Nicole Patterson is an advocate for agriculture by trade and a farmer by heart. Patterson grew up in a small town in northern Iowa, where her passion for both agriculture and rural life was ignited. Next spring, she will obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education with a focus on communications from Iowa State University. Patterson is a former FFA state officer, and volunteer with the Iowa Food and Family Project. Following graduation, she plans to continue on her life’s journey as she marries her farmer and together she will continue to embrace, and celebrate, life in rural Iowa.

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Fed Up: Fighting Obesity Together

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Around 1/3 of the U.S. (according to the CDC) is considered obese. I understand the questions and concerns of the increasing issue of obesity in our country, and there is no (that I'm aware of) end-all answer to the questions. I understand the concerns because I've struggled with...

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Supporting Both Sides of the Food Fight

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:05 PM

I need to come clean about something -- and for those of you who know me personally, this might come as a shock to you.

I buy organic and conventional food. There, I said it. I will purchase both -- if the price is right, of course.

Here's why I'll...

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Concerns I Have on Feeding My Family

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 8:27 PM

I am deeply concerned on what I am feeding my Farmer and myself. Is the food that we eat really healthy for us? Will it be healthy for our kids? I have concerns about my food, just like you.

My Farmer is concerned what he feeds his pigs too....

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'Big Ag' Is Feeding My Family

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 6:22 AM

We are getting closer -- closer to me finishing school, and closer to the wedding. But something even closer than that will happen within the next few weeks. We will start to fill our hog barn. My farmer informed me that we'll start putting pigs in by the end of...

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Farmers Big and Small: There's Room for Them All

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 2:39 PM

I love being able to make choices. I love that I can choose what pair of shoes to wear, what car I drive, and what I'm going to have for breakfast. These are all choices that I make daily, just like many of you. This is the beauty of living...

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5 Reasons You're Spoiled by Your Small Town Childhood

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 3:32 PM

This weekend I went home to help my best friend go wedding dress shopping in our small hometown Iowa. Now, when I say small hometown, I mean it. We went to school in a town of 1,000 people and had a graduating class of around 48. This town technically isn't...

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