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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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Charles City Landscaper Joins Green Farmstead Partner Program

West Des Moines, Iowa – March 28, 2018 — Otto’s Oasis of Charles City has been designated a participating landscape professional in the Green Farmstead Partner program. The on-farm environmental initiative promotes the planning and installation of tree plantings on livestock and poultry farms. It’s a collaborative effort involving the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers,...

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Crowd gathers at annual Farming for the Future Conference
More Than 100 Farmers Gain Insight into Strengthening Their Operations at Farming for the Future Conference

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers’ (CSIF) annual Farming for the Future Conference took place on January 17, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Agriculture enthusiasts from across Iowa convened in Ames to learn from a dynamic line-up of speakers and industry professionals. Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont., served as the keynote speaker for...

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Webster City Aquaculture Farm
Land-Based Aquaculture Gaining Momentum in Midwest, Attracting Iowa Farmers

The forecast for global seafood demand suggests Iowa’s fish and shrimp farmers can expect substantial growth and market development in the aquaculture industry, according to experts at the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) 2017 Aquaculture Conference held this week in Ames. By 2030, global seafood consumption will increase by 100-170 billion pounds, and nearly...

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Planting Monarch Habitat

Although harvest season is still on the minds of many Iowa farmers, now is a good time to start thinking about planting monarch habitat. According to the monarch butterfly research team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, November and December are ideal months for establishing grasses, sedges and large-seeded forbs that attract the mighty...

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