ESAP 2020

Iowa

See how Iowa beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BEEF

4th and 5th generation Iowa farm families put caring for their land first

Located in the quaint small town of Lewis, Iowa is Euken-Myers Farm, which has been in the Euken family for over a century. This dedicated family takes a holisitic approach to managing their farm, feeding the corn they grow to their cattle and using the cattle manure to fertilize their crops. In doing so, the Euken and Myers families have developed a truly sustainable farm with a long-term focus. In addition to care for their cattle and crops, Euken-Myers farm also prioritizes care for their land by focusing on soil health. The family conducts regular soil analysis in order to provide the ground with exactly what it needs. They have also implemented terracing and cover cropping in order to prevent soil erosion and runnoff. For their commitment to land, soil, and cattle care, Euken-Myers Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"Taking care of the land, the soil, and the cattle are a top priority for our family. It's something that is in our DNA." - Jill Euken, Euken-Meyers Farm

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Hanrahan Ranch

The Hanrahan Ranch of Cumming, Iowa in Madison County shares the importance of cattle care and stewardship of the resources they are provided. Dan Hanrahan, with his parents Virginia and Richard, work towards leaving a legacy for the land to be better than when they started. “The best way I can describe stewardship is that we are fortunate to be caretakers for the time we have here. Always thinking, ‘What can I do to improve the ground? What can I do to improve the herd for those who come after me?' It's a responsibility for something larger than yourself," says Dan of his vision for the farm.

Learn More about the Hanrahan Ranch >

ESAP 2020

Raising BEef in Iowa

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 3.6 million cattle and over 25,000 cattle farms and ranches throughout Iowa. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The Tall Corn State.

Learn More about cattle in iowa >

popular Iowa-inspired recipes

ribeye steaks with blue cheese butter and mushrooms

RIBEYE STEAKS WITH BLUE CHEESE BUTTER AND MUSHROOMS

Ribeyes and Portobello mushrooms are grilled and served with a compound butter. Bonus recipe for sandwiches using leftovers included.

See Recipe >

Cumin-Seasoned Steaks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

CUMIN-RUBBED STEAK TACOS WITH SPICY GRILLED CORN SALSA

A simple sweet and spicy rub gives Top Sirloin Steak delicious flavor while homemade grilled corn salsa adds a smoky finish. Top with avocado cream for a smooth finish!

See Recipe >

Discover More Iowa Flavors and Recipes

Experience all the flavors of the Midwest with a Sweet Bacon Jam and Corn Relish Burger from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats. Or take a trip around the world with a Beef Negimaki (Japanese Steak and Scallion Rolls) from Iowa blogger, Lauren, at Zestful Kitchen.

Sweet Bacon Jam and Corn Relish Burger Recipe >

Beef Negimaki Recipe >

Discover more great beef Recipes

Autumn Pot Roast with Root Vegetables

favorite fall recipes

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, it’s time to fall in love with these Fall recipes. With Chili, Pot Roasts and much more, you’ll find the perfect autumn meal.

See Recipes

Beef Lifestyle2

tailgating treasures

The biggest games of the year deserve the best recipes. Whether the tailgate is in the parking lot, backyard, or home kitchen you'll be the MVP with these great tailgating recipes.

see recipes

Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Gotta Try Beef Chilis

It’s hard to deny that a warm, savory bowl of chili brings a certain nostalgia to the table. Whether it’s a weekly tradition or a special occasion dish, chili is one of our favorite ways to warm the soul. Discover a few of our tastiest, coziest beef chili recipes.

see recipes >

Iowa Fact

Iowa is home to food inventions like Sloppy Joes which were born in Sioux City in 1930 and Taco Pizza which was invented in Bettendorf, IA in 1974.