Latest News — Livestock

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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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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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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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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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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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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Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Launches New Website

  The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) announced today the launch of its new website — www.supportfarmers.com. The site is full of new content featuring livestock information, program updates, farm families CSIF has worked with and easy, user-friendly navigation. “Our new website is specifically designed to help Iowa livestock farmers successfully and responsibly manage...

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Wells Family Receives Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 3, 2018 – Paul and Jason Wells and family were honored with the 140th  Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at their farm in Milton, Iowa. Over 200 friends, family members and industry representatives were in attendance to show support and appreciation for the family....

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