David and Jenny Felt of Adel were recognized Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair as one of the recipients of The Way We Live Award.
The family was honored along with nine other recipients at 11:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farm Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
“It was a really neat experience,” David said. “The members of the Iowa State Fair board actually presented us with the award. We had some friends that were at the fair and had knew about it and stopped in, so there was actually quite a few people there that we knew.”
The Felts first found out they were receiving the award in early spring. Their eldest daughter, Mackenzie, nominated her parents for the award, which was a surprise to David and Jenny.
“I was kind of surprised,” David said. “I guess you always feel like there is somebody else more deserving than you. But it was nice to get the award and be recognized for being a farmer and raising livestock.”
Along with Mackenzie, the Felts have two other children - Marissa and Cody. David said the children help on the farm around their busy schedules that include jobs, school and sports.
David became a partner in Felt Family Farms after moving home. He is a fourth-generation farmer. The Felt family raise hay, corn and soybeans, and have a feedlot operation. For more than 20 years, the family has also raised chickens with Hy-Line International.
The Felts, as well as the other recipients, received $250, fair admission tickets, free parking and various coupons, along with the award at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.
For more information about The Way We Live Award, click here.