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CSIF to Host Calving Under Roof Open House

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 10, 2022 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting a “Calving Under Roof Open House” at the Laura and Aaron Cunningham farm on June 23 near Nora Springs to provide livestock farmers an opportunity to tour an existing calving barn and see first-hand how farm families are...

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CSIF Event Highlights Calving Barns as Alternative to Pasture

Livestock farmers from across the state gathered to learn more about transitioning to cattle under roof at the 16th annual Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) Farming for the Future Conference at the Clarke County Fairgrounds near Osceola, Iowa, on March 2.

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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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Iowa Livestock Insider // Winter 2021

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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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Joe and Randy Takes from Buchanan County receive the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keely Coppess 515-281-3375 or 515-326-1616 (cell) Keely.Coppess@iowaagriculture.gov Brothers recognized for outstanding leadership in agriculture DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will present the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to Joe and Randy Takes, cattle farmers from Buchanan County. The award will be given at the...

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Secretary Naig Honors Max Schmidt with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keely Coppess 515-281-3375 or 515-326-1616 (cell) Keely.Coppess@iowaagriculture.gov Max Schmidt, pork producer from Howard County, will be honored at the 2020 Iowa Pork Congress DES MOINES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will present the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to Max Schmidt, owner of KMAX Farms...

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Halls family hosts new hog barn open house

Event to highlight new environmental safeguards, economics and technology WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 6, 2019 – Families, neighbors and community members are invited to tour the Kyle Halls family new hog barn, enjoy a complimentary lunch and visit with members of the family to learn more about how they raise livestock, use technology...

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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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Aquaculture Conference Slated for March 22-23

Experts to share opportunities and strategies for entering fish and shrimp farming The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting the 2019 Aquaculture Conference on March 22 – 23 to provide farmers information about Iowa’s newest emerging livestock industry. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, will...

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