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CSIF helps producers comply with the rules

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – August 1, 2019 – No one wants the call. It’s the DNR or the EPA on the phone, and your operation is slated for inspection. Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Senior Field Coordinator Kent Mowrer says CSIF can help relieve some of that feeling of panic. Their understanding of the...

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Farming with livestock, and neighbors

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 26, 2019 – At age 45 Matt Raasch is living the dream. He farms 500 acres of row crops, helps his parents farm another 500 acres, and raises hogs – all in the Northwest Iowa area his ancestors settled more than a century ago. There’s even a patch of...

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Going Green

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 25, 2019 – More than 70,000 trees have been planted under the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers’ Green Farmstead Partner Program since 2009 when CSIF joined forces with Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery Landscape Association to encourage farmers to plant windbreaks near their livestock facilities. “First of all,...

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Starting Out Right – The Tjelmelands of Story County

Lucas and Krista Tjelmeland are exactly the kind of young farmers Iowa, and agriculture, needs and wants to attract. At age 28, Lucas is the fifth generation of Tjelmelands to farm in Story County. The tradition comes with a strong background in livestock and land stewardship practices. Like many of today’s young producers, farming is all Lucas ever really wanted to do.

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Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award Honors Farmers Who Lead by Example

Promoting good neighbor-to-neighbor relations is a key component of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers’ approach to responsible livestock production. To showcase the example set by Iowa livestock farmers who go above and beyond as environmental and animal stewards, and valuable members of their communities, CSIF sponsors the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, presented monthly to an Iowa farm family.

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CSIF Offers Scholarships to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 4, 2019 – Students interested in a career in agriculture have a new scholarship opportunity for the 2019-2020 school year through the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) special scholarship program in honor of the organization’s 15th anniversary. “In celebration of serving livestock farmers for 15 years, we’re awarding...

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Doing it Right for 15 Years

Contact:  Brian Waddingham, Executive Director Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers 515.225.5531 /  bwaddingham@supportfarmers.com WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 4, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year; marking a decade and a half of helping Iowa successfully and responsibly grow its livestock industry. Farming practices have changed,...

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CSIF Event Highlights Iowa’s Emerging Aquaculture Industry

  Contact: Brian Waddingham 515.225.5531 bwaddingham@supportfarmers.com   WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – March 28, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) recently hosted the 2019 Aquaculture Conference to provide information about the emerging aquaculture industry and the opportunities it offers to Iowa’s livestock farmers. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University, Ohio State...

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