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New Rules, Same Values

Iowa Governor Reynolds’ Executive Order 10 revamped the state’s livestock production rules in an attempt to streamline regulation. It standardized language, added an online interactive flood plain map, and eliminated language that was already on the DNR website or in the Iowa Code.

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Coalition Welcomes Plendl as 2022 Communications Intern

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – May 17, 2022 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is excited to welcome Janie Plendl to the team as their 2022 communication intern. Plendl will help advance CSIF’s mission of supporting farmers as they raise livestock responsibly and successfully through assisting with content creation, event planning, and maintaining...

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Brecht Joins Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

Hope Brecht has been named Communications Specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

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Secretary Naig Honors Dwight Dial with Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to Dwight Dial, a pork and lamb producer and row crop farmer in Calhoun County, on Thursday, March 31 at the Lake City Community Memorial Building.

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CSIF Event Showcases Iowa’s Emerging Aquaculture Industry

The 2022 Aquaculture Conference, hosted by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), recently drew more than 100 attendees to learn more about Iowa’s newest livestock industry.

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Remembering Kent

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) community was deeply saddened on July 22 of this year by the death of Senior Field Coordinator Kent Mowrer. His death left a big hole in CSIF and in Iowa agriculture. “He was a true farmer at heart,” says livestock producer and long-time friend Richard Welch. “He always...

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Good Farm Neighbors have good stories to tell

Cinnamon Ridge Farms near Donahue is a Good Farm Neighbor. John and Joan Maxwell produce high quality milk and beef, sell their award-winning cheese and other products through their on-farm store, partner with Food Rescue Partnership to reduce food waste, support the local FFA, host a summer farm camp for kids and give tours of...

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Derecho Brings Opportunity for Story County Family

Brian Sampson of Story County is an optimist. “I like to be around people who think most things are possible,” says Sampson. When the derecho rolled through his farm last year, he did not see it as an ending. He saw it as a new beginning. “I guess you could say it was the crescendo...

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Taylor’s Take

By Taylor Lekin, 2021 CSIF Communications Intern As the CSIF intern, I spent the summer traveling across the state of Iowa meeting with agriculturalists from a variety of different backgrounds. Whether it be at a trade show, a Good Farm Neighbor Award event or the shooting of a promotional video, the people I have met...

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Farmers tap CSIF program for tree replacement after derecho

On August 10 of last year, Mark Flamme and his son stood in their machine shed doorway and watched a massive storm, known as a derecho, flatten nearly everything in sight. As trees from the grove went flying by, they pondered making a run for the safety of the nearby house basement. There was a...

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