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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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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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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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Green Farmstead Partner Profile: Greenworld, Inc.

Greenworld, Inc. is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, where they grow their own stock of trees, shrubs, and other plants. Founded in 1981 by Larry Ribbens, Greenworld, Inc., has continued to grow as a family-based company. Their services include installing landscape, placing retaining walls, water features, and irrigation. They also seed and sod grass, place...

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The Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need to Know

By Megyn Walston, CSIF Communications Intern The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive insect to ash trees and considered one of the most destructive tree pests in North America according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Once infested, a tree will typically die within two to four years. EAB has been discovered in...

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Cover Crops Enhance Both Crop and Livestock Operations

By Megyn Walston, CSIF Communications Intern On July 17, AJ and Kellie Blair of Dayton, Iowa hosted a field day to discuss their experience with cover crops. Topics ranged from how the crops can benefit crop rotations, nitrogen levels, and livestock operations. The Practical Farmers of Iowa hosted the event and presented research results from...

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Iowa Select Partners with CSIF's GFP program
Iowa Select Farms Takes Initiative to Do What’s Right

By Megyn Walston, CSIF Communications Intern Iowa Select Farms (ISF) has partnered with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) and the Green Farmstead Partner program to reduce odors around their buildings and improve neighbor relations. ISF hosted an open house on May 24, 2018, at a new wean-to-finish facility in Williams, Iowa. Community members,...

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Iowa Select Partners with CSIF's GFP program
Partnership Launched to Plant Windbreaks on Hog Farms

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA– May 31, 2018 —The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) announced a new partnership with Iowa Select Farms to plant trees on each of their farms through CSIF’s Green Farmstead Partner program.The partnership was announced recently at an open house near Williams for a new hog finisher. CSIF’s Green Farmstead Partner...

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Be Aware of Summer Tree Pests

By Megyn Walston, CSIF Communications Intern Pests travel quickly between trees, shrubs, grasses and other host crops making it important to identify the pests promptly.  Early treatment and understanding how the pest spreads is essential in preventing these pests from causing further damage. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, metallic green beetle with...

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