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  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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New study shows Iowa agriculture even stronger driver of state economy, contributing $121.1 billion

One in five Iowans employed by Iowa agriculture   WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – September 6, 2019 – Iowa’s 86,104 family farms continue to be a key driver of Iowa’s economy, contributing 10 percent more to the state economy than in 2012, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers...

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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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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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