2016 Annual Report
2016 was another busy year for the Coalition in providing assistance to Iowa’s farm families. Although there were some challenges along the way, there were also many opportunities within the livestock industry. We owe a big “thank you” to Iowa’s farm and commodity groups for their generous support which allowed us to provide free and confidential assistance to livestock farmers to help them make responsible decisions about their farms. Over the last twelve years the Coalition has become a trusted partner of Iowa’s livestock industry and its farmers.
During the 2016 fiscal year, the Coalition provided on-farm consultations to 200 farm families, which is up nearly 35% from 2011. The Coalition received 400 new requests for assistance, and facilitated 320 requests for continued support, whether it was answering questions over the phone or providing an on-farm consultation. Since the Coalition’s launch twelve years ago, the organization has helped 3,720 livestock and poultry farm families successfully and responsibly grow their farms.
CSIF has always been and always will be at the farm gate ready to lend a hand. We saw continued growth in livestock during the year whether it was a new and beginning farmer or an existing and well-established farmer that called us; there was a great deal of optimism about adding livestock to the farm. Diversification with livestock was definitely the theme of 2016, from established livestock farmers growing their farms to crop farmers adding livestock for the first time, livestock continued to be vital in keeping farm families living and working on the land.
Our mission of helping Iowa’s farm families grow successfully and responsibly is still as important to the state today as it was twelve years ago. Our pre-emptive approach of helping farmers start raising livestock or grow their existing farms has proven to be successful – and in many cases – essential to reaching the farm family’s goals. The livestock industry can and will continue to grow in Iowa, but it will need assistance and a helping hand – which the Coalition stands ready to provide.
To access the 2016 CSIF Annual Report, click here.