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Former University of Iowa and current Minnesota Viking linebacker Chad Greenway has joined the America Needs Farmers team. Former University of Iowa and current Minnesota Viking linebacker Chad Greenway has joined the America Needs Farmers team.
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Former University of Iowa and current Minnesota Viking linebacker Chad Greenway has joined the America Needs Farmers team.

Greenway, who grew up on a farm in South Dakota that his parents still operate, has joined the Iowa Farm Bureau and University of Iowa's campaign to highlight the importance farmers play in our country.

"The importance of farmers is never going to go away. The foundation of human nature is farming: being able to produce something from the land, being able to feed your family, feed your community, and feed the world," Greenway said in a written statement. "It's the backbone of America. It's what we're all about. It's the fabric of our being."

Greenway joins fellow former Hawkeyes Hap Peterson, Mike Haight, Matt Kroul, Casey Wiegmann, Jared Devries and Dallas Clark in the campaign that was originally launched by legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry in 1985 during the farm crisis.

Greenway says there are so many lessons that can be learned on the farm that translate to the game of football.

"There are so many levels where hard work and growing up on a farm can correlate to football. I've used all the principles I gained growing up on a farm to really push me in the profession that I'm in now," said Greenway in his statement. "The game of football is unique and tests you in many ways -- it tests your will, it tests your ability to get up from being knocked down, it tests your work ethic, for sure, and the want-to that you have."

The Iowa Farm Bureau says the importance of connecting consumers to farmers is even more important with most people being two to three generations removed from the family farm.

"Consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and the ANF effort is just one way farmers are helping build that understanding," Craig Hill, IFBF president, said in a written statement.

The ANF emblem is currently displayed on Hawkeye football players' helmets and "ANF Day at Kinnick" will be held Oct. 26 for the Iowa-Northwestern game.

For more information, visit www.AmericaNeedsFarmers.org.

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