Iowa State University Leaders Tour Turkey Farm

This summer Iowa State University President Steven Leath and Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture toured Circle Hill Farms.  We had a great time discussing the Iowa turkey industry and the relationships turkey farmers and allied members have with ISU.

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Paul Hill, Nathan Hill, Iowa State University President Leath, Noel Thompson, and Dean Wendy Wintersteen


“It is reassuring to know that we have a President at Iowa State that is sincerely interested in animal agriculture & understands how important it is to the economics of our State.”    ~ Nathan Hill

“Gretta arranged a great tour and conversation and the Hill family provided great hospitality. President Leath and I were impressed by Circle Hill Farm’s facilities and the high level of management demonstrated by Paul, Noel and Nathan. The story of West Liberty Foods is inspirational. It demonstrates the importance of processing in Iowa and how agriculture can strengthen our rural communities.”

~ Wendy Wintersteen

“My visit to the Circle Hill Farm turkey operation was fantastic,” said Iowa State University President Steven Leath.  “The Hills let me see first-hand the outstanding job Iowa’s turkey producers are doing and also told me about Iowa’s turkey processing industry.  This is a very important part of Iowa’s economy, and I really appreciate all that Gretta Irwin and the Hill family did to make this visit possible.”

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Farmer Paul Hill and Iowa State University President Steven Leath inside one of Hill’s turkey barns.