Doing Things Right Commentary

Each year, we present the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to Iowa farm families who go above and beyond as environmental stewards, livestock caretakers and community leaders. The following articles highlight the best management practices put into practice by these families and their dedication to “doing things right”.



Sheets Family Recognized as First Good Farm Neighbor Winners in Chickasaw County | 19-Oct-2017

Leon Sheets says every day is a great day to be a pig farmer. That’s the mantra he lives by each..

Washington County Conservation Leader Recognized with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 12-Sep-2017

Rob Stout has dedicated his farming career to putting conservation strategies into practice. Sin..

Marshall County Good Farm Neighbor Award Recipients Leave Legacy for Next Generation | 29-Aug-2017

Located on the outskirts of Liscomb, Iowa, Mosher Angus Farm is home to three generations who ar..

Clarke County Family Wins Good Farm Neighbor Award, Attributes Success to Neighbors | 25-Aug-2017

In 2001, fourth generation farmer Tim Lupkes planted new farm roots near Osceola, Iowa, when he ..

Wilcox Family of Cherokee County Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 12-Jun-2017

Fourth generation farmer, Mark Wilcox, says he finds comfort in the stability of his family’s Ce..

Conservation Counts for Lucas County Good Farm Neighbors | 09-Jun-2017

For more than 30 years, Mike and Nick Hunter have been committed to implementing conservation pr..

Benton County Cattlemen Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 24-Apr-2017

In 2011, Seth Newton became the sixth generation to return to his family farm near Luzerne, Iowa..

Washington County Family Recognized as Good Farm Neighbors | 21-Apr-2017

Conservation is an important part of Tom and Tammy Vittetoe’s multi-generation crop and livestoc..

Mahaska County Family Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 05-Apr-2017

Chester Whites have been a fixture of the Albertson farm near Fremont, Iowa, since the 1930s. So..

Warren County Family Recognized as Good Farm Neighbors | 03-Mar-2017

When Kurt and Cynthia Moffitt returned to Warren County in 2006, they became the sixth generatio..

Swanson Family of Montgomery County Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 03-Feb-2017

For brothers Kirk, Kent and Kevin Swanson, building relationships with their neighbors is as imp..

Story County Pork Producer Recognized with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 20-Oct-2016

Dave Struthers, Story County pork producer and past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Associa..

Wayne County Pork Producer Recognized as Good Farm Neighbor | 26-Sep-2016

For Paul Alexander, being a good neighbor also means being a good steward of the land. That’s wh..

Metzger Family of Lyon County Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 30-Jun-2016

For several generations, the Metzger family, of Lyon County, has demonstrated their commitment t..

Green Family of Dickinson County Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award | 22-Jun-2016

Over 40 friends and neighbors gathered at the Milford Community Center on Monday to recognize th..

Wiley Family of Benton County Receives Good Farm Neighbor Award | 01-Apr-2016

The Wiley family of Benton County was recognized last week as recipients of the Gary Wergin Good..

Burmahl family from Jackson County Good Farm Neighbor Award recipients | 16-Feb-2016

The Burmahl family of Baldwin was recognized last week as recipients of the ‘Gary Wergin Good Fa..

Meier Family of Page County Receives Good Farm Neighbor Award | 29-Oct-2015

The Meier family of Page County was recognized this week as recipients of the Gary Wergin Good F..

Hunerdosse Family of Warren County Receives Good Farm Neighbor Award | 23-Sep-2015

The Hunerdosse family of Warren County was recognized Tuesday as recipients of the Gary Wergin G..

​Fox Family of Mitchell County Receives Good Farm Neighbor Award | 14-Aug-2015

The Fox family of Mitchell County was recognized Tuesday as recipients of the Gary Wergin Good F..