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Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers offers windbreak assistance to livestock farmers impacted by the derecho

CONTACT: Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers 800.932.2436, bwaddingham@supportfarmers.com WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 28, 2020 – The derecho that tore across the U.S. Midwest on Monday, August 10, caused widespread property damage with its hurricane-force winds. The storm left its mark on cities, rural towns and on farms across much of Iowa. It...

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🚨 LIVESTOCK FARMERS MUST BE VIGILANT 🚨

Recent activities by Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) have focused on Iowa, and in particular, Iowa’s pork industry. DXE is paying special attention to the state to take advantage of current circumstances involving the depopulation of hogs. DXE has members on the ground in Iowa and all farms and processing plants should be on high alert...

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🚫 Report Suspicious Vehicles Near Livestock + Poultry Farms 🚫

Recently, there have been reports of suspicious vehicles parked along the road near livestock + poultry farms throughout the Midwest, including Iowa. In some instances, people are just taking photos of the livestock + poultry barns, but in more extreme cases, people are entering the buildings to take photos + videos of the animals. It...

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💰 FSA OFFERS A VARIETY OF LOANS TO HELP LIVESTOCK FARMERS 💰

There are opportunities in the Iowa livestock industry and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers continues to receive inquiries from farmers – many from young people wanting to get into farming – but weren’t sure where to start or how to secure financing to make their dream of farming a reality.  The Coalition has also...

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An exciting new decade

by Peyton Schmitt, Communications Intern While the start of each new year is exciting, the start of a new decade brings even more anticipation about what it will hold. During my time thus far at the Coalition, I’ve seen the growth and innovation we’ve attained over the past decade – including the culmination of over...

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Not your grandfather’s hog house

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – January 9, 2020 –The latest addition to Kyle Halls’ farm sits just south of Osceola along the picturesque Jefferson Highway Heritage Byway, a primary national north-south freight route prior to construction of the Interstate system. Halls’ 2,400-head feeder to finish hog unit sits well back from the road, and boasts...

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Who ya gonna call?

  WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – September 24, 2019 – “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to leave their farm in better shape than they found it,” says Scott Niess of Mitchell County. He and his wife, Julie, have a 1,500 head feedlot near Osage. It takes about 90% of the corn they raise...

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Leading by example

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – September 19, 2019 – Livestock production is important to Iowa’s economy, contributing $48.5 billion to the state annually, up more than $17 billion from the 2012 U.S. Census of Ag. But Iowa isn’t the only state relying on agriculture. Across the Midwest, other states are hoping to shore up their...

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Standing on solid ground

  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 28, 2019 – Marty Schwers knows cattle. He and his brother, Steve, sell around 4,000 calves a year from their feedlot near Luxemburg, in northeast Iowa, just a 10-minute drive from the Mississippi River. Livestock farming is a passion for them, part of their heritage and they want...

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Supporting livestock supports us all: the industry perspective

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 26, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was formed 15 years ago by Iowa’s farm and commodity groups. Public concerns about changing livestock production methods, changing demographics that brought more people without farm backgrounds to the country, and farmers’ concerns about being able to accurately interpret a...

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