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CSIF helps producers comply with the rules

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – August 1, 2019 – No one wants the call. It’s the DNR or the EPA on the phone, and your operation is slated for inspection. Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Senior Field Coordinator Kent Mowrer says CSIF can help relieve some of that feeling of panic. Their understanding of the...

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The Peyton Post: It’s OK to Ask for Help

By Peyton Schmitt, Communications Intern The first day of an internship inevitably brings an onslaught of new information. I would even go so far as to say that many experience feelings of confusion, frustration and occasionally, embarrassment during that first week on the job.  While I am no stranger to a learning curve, I am...

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Farming with livestock, and neighbors

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 26, 2019 – At age 45 Matt Raasch is living the dream. He farms 500 acres of row crops, helps his parents farm another 500 acres, and raises hogs – all in the Northwest Iowa area his ancestors settled more than a century ago. There’s even a patch of...

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Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Partners with Iowa State Fair to Sponsor ‘Avenue of Breeds’

  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – July 16, 2019 – In celebration of Iowa’s diverse livestock industry, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is proudly sponsoring the “Avenue of Breeds” at the Iowa State Fair for the ninth year in a row. The 2019 Iowa State Fair runs August 8 – 18 and the...

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Start Smart Conference to Focus on Financial Strategies for Your Farm

  Industry experts to provide advice for young and beginning farmers WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 3, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) and Accu-Steel Fabric Covered Buildings, will co-host Start Smart: Tools for Beginning Farmers Conference at the Iowa State Fair on August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m....

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CSIF Launches Sixth Annual Photo Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Peyton Schmitt, pschmitt@supportfarmers.com, (515) 225-5491 WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 28, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) will kick off its sixth annual photo contest beginning July 1 to celebrate Iowa’s livestock farmers. However, this year the theme of the contest will focus on the progress of...

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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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CSIF Survey Shows Youth Care about the Future of Agriculture

Contact: Peyton Schmitt, 515.225.5491, pschmitt@supportfarmers.com WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 20, 2019 – A survey conducted at the 91st Iowa FFA Leadership Conference found that 68 percent of students would like to farm in the future. The survey conducted by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) was completed by over 380 FFA members....

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CSIF Announces Scholarship Recipients in Celebration of 15th Anniversary

Contact: Gabby Glenister, 515.225.5526, gglenister@supportfarmers.com WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 10, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) has selected 15 exceptional students from across the state of Iowa who will receive a $250 scholarship in celebration of their 15th anniversary in 2019. The students selected through the application process are all...

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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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