Community Impact

“Overall our findings suggest there is a modest favorable effect of large-scale agriculture on quality of life in the 99 Iowa communities we studied. That’s not especially surprising, given the close relationship between Iowa’s rural communities and agriculture.” —Dr. Steve Sapp, professor of sociology, Iowa State University

Livestock farmers are working to continuously improve how they raise their animals in environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible ways. These farmers are dedicated to leaving their land, businesses and communities in better shape for the next generation. 

  • Livestock farmers contribute to the economic well-being of their rural communities and are an active part in everyday life through civic engagement. 
  • Nearly half of the nation’s farmers volunteer with youth organizations compared with seven percent of the general U.S. population.
  • Citizens’ ratings of “neighborliness” also tended to increase with increases in the scale of agriculture and commercial livestock production in the county.
  • From serving on school boards and city councils to fair boards and 4-H clubs to churches, Iowa farmers know the importance of being involved in their communities. 

Livestock farmers are committed to ensuring a better quality of life for their families, neighbors and generations to come.