Cummings Family Farms, of Pleasantville, will be recognized as one of six recipients of the Way We Live Award at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. The family will be honored in an award ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m., on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Each family exemplifies a dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values. Entry form nominations included a description of how living on a farm and choosing the farming occupation shaped the nominee’s farm family life. Six families were chosen out of 46 entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.
The Cummings Family Farms have changed since their beginnings in 1955 by the head of the family, James. In 1955, James returned home from the Air Force during the Korean War and moved his family to establish roots in rural Marion County. There, he raised hogs, dairy cattle, sheep and beef cattle, teaching his children the value of growing up on a farm and sparking a family tradition that continues today.
Today, James’ sons Don and Larry have transitioned their focus to row crops and cattle. Don’s son Connor has joined the operation to develop a sizable cow-calf, row crop and forage operation. Other business endeavors include fencing, tiling and auctioneering.
The Cummings family believes in the future of the agriculture industry and focuses on working with the youth in the community to teach them the importance of farming and agriculture in society. Don, Larry and Connor Cummings have served as swine superintendents for over 30 years at the Marion County Fair. Carly Cummings is the treasurer for the Pleasantville FFA Alumni chapter, and Connor’s wife, Haley, is a preschool teacher who uses the farm to educate her students on the importance of farmers.
The Way We Live Award is sponsored by Pioneer, with media sponsors Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO Big Show. The award, in its 11th year of recognizing outstanding farm families, has recognized 63 outstanding Iowa farm families so far.
Each award-winning family receives a prize package, complimentary admission tickets, free parking, various coupons and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair, along with an overnight hotel stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown Mercy Campus.