Latest News — Commodities

Tight Margins Fuel Farmers’ Risk Management Decisions

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – January 27, 2017 – If history is any guide of agriculture’s economic cycle, the risk management strategies farmers realize during a downturn in prices will greatly impact their ability to capture the next movement of consumer demand, according to experts from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) recent ‘Farming...

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Alexander Family to Receive Good Farm Neighbor Award

West Des Moines, Iowa – September 13, 2016 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) commends the Alexander family of Wayne County for their outstanding efforts as a neighbors and community leaders. They have been named recipients of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will present the award...

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Fox Family of Mitchell County Receives Good Farm Neighbor Award

The Fox family of Mitchell County was recognized Tuesday as recipients of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award during a ceremony at the Fox Farm in Elma, Iowa. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Fox family with the award at an open house with family, friends and neighbors. “Along with running a...

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CSIF Attends Cargill Feed Mill Dedication

By Haley Banwart, CSIF Communications Intern Members of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers traveled to Hedrick, Iowa, on Tuesday to celebrate the dedication and grand opening of Cargill’s new feed mill. The construction of this $29 million dollar project represents a significant investment toward Iowa’s farmers and community members within the region. The Hedrick...

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New Study Shows Iowa Agriculture Even Stronger Driver of State Economy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 1, 2014 – Iowa’s 88,637 family farms continue to be a key driver of Iowa’s economy, contributing six percent more to the state economy than in 2007, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF). The study shows that more than 33 percent...

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NRCS Changes 590 Standard

The Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has rolled out a revised 590 Nutrient Management Practice Standard. These changes affect livestock and poultry farmers who have taken, or are considering applying for, EQIP funding. General changes include: Aligned better with the nutrient management conservation planning process. More consistent use of 4Rs language (the Right nutrient...

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Iowa NRCS Issues New Standard for Conservation Practices

By: Dirck Steimel, Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman Reprinted with permission of the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman The Iowa office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) last week rolled out a new standard for implementing that nutrient management plans that are typically required for participation in federal conservation costshare programs, such...

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CSIF to Sponsor “Avenue of Breeds” at Iowa State Fair

West Des Moines, Iowa – August 7, 2013 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is proud to announce their continued sponsorship of the popular “Avenue of Breeds” at the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The Fair’s theme, “Nothing Compares,” accurately describes one of its renowned...

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Medium-Sized Livestock Farms Under Scrutiny

During the last month, there have been rumors about EPA focusing on medium-sized livestock farms and forcing them to get costly permits. Before you panic, remember the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is here to help. Neither EPA nor DNR can force a farm to get a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit unless...

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