When the Governor comes for lunch

What do you serve when the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are coming for lunch?
An all-Iowa meal of course!


Photo Credit: Jean Simmet

Iowa Learning Farms farmer partners (and my parents), Rick and Jane Juchems, were honored with a visit from Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds on Wednesday, August 3rd. The visit was a stop on the Governor’s soil and water conservation tour of the state.


Photo Credit: Jean Simmet

The visit was an opportunity for our family and fellow Butler County Soil and Water Commissioners to highlight the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy practices they have implemented including cover crops, filter strips, buffers, prairie areas, no-tillage and much more!  Over the delicious cheese hors devours, the group discussed the steps taken thus far while also discussing what it will take to reach our water quality and soil health goals.


Photo Credit: Jean Simmet

The conversation continued over the meal and the visit concluded with a tour of a newly finished shallow water pond to address erosion concerns, a prairie area and nearby soybean field where cereal rye had been seeded last fall.



Photo Credit: Jean Simmet

For those of you still wondering what was served  – the menu included smoked pork loin, and from the family garden: sweet corn (the Governor’s favorite!), roasted garden vegetables of carrots, beets and zucchini, and homemade coleslaw. For dessert, brownies with ice cream and fresh raspberries were enjoyed.


If you would like to learn more about what the Juchems family is doing to help improve Iowa’s soil and water quality, you can check out our recent episode on the Conservation Chat.

Liz Juchems