Iowa Farm Bureau and the University of Iowa Athletic Department will celebrate America’s farmers at the 11th annual America Needs Farmers (ANF) Game Day, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Kinnick Stadium. The highly anticipated matchup against the University of Michigan at 11:00 a.m. features two historic Big Ten programs, and the nationally televised matchup will showcase why the ANF program is as important today as ever before.
As part of the annual celebration recognizing the significance of Iowa agriculture, fans will have the opportunity to visit the ANF Legends Tent in Krause Family Plaza and play tailgate games from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with farmers for a chance to win exclusive ANF/Hawkeye prizes, such as clear ANF bags, koozies, wrist lanyards and more, while learning how Iowa agriculture plays a major role in our daily lives. Fans will also have the opportunity to get autographs from the newest ANF Wall of Honoree and former NFL great, Tony Moeaki.
Moeaki is the tenth recipient of the America Needs Farmers (ANF) Wall of Honor, which salutes former University of Iowa football players who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic and character of the Iowa farmer. Previous ANF Wall of Honor recipients include Casey Wiegman (2012), Jared DeVries (2013), Bruce Nelson (2014), Robert Gallery (2015), Dallas Clark (2016), Chad Greenway (2017), Aaron Kampman (2018), Matt Kroul (2019) and Marshal Yanda (2021).
A gold ANF decal was placed on players’ helmets during the Hawkeyes’ 1985 Rose Bowl season by head coach Hayden Fry to show support for farmers during the 1980’s Farm Crisis. The Hawkeye helmets still have the special decal on them today. ANF serves as a longstanding tribute to America’s farmers, and IFBF and University of Iowa are excited to help connect Iowa’s farm families to consumers to learn more about the production of food, fuel and fiber and the farm families raising it.
Fans can show their ANF and Hawkeye pride by purchasing ANF merchandise during game day in shops around the stadium with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Iowa Food Bank Association. Since the ANF partnership began, more than $180,000 has been raised to feed hungry Iowans.
For more information about ANF and Game Day activities, visit www.americaneedsfarmers.org.