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🚨 LIVESTOCK FARMERS MUST BE VIGILANT 🚨

Recent activities by Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) have focused on Iowa, and in particular, Iowa’s pork industry. DXE is paying special attention to the state to take advantage of current circumstances involving the depopulation of hogs. DXE has members on the ground in Iowa and all farms and processing plants should be on high alert...

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🚫 Report Suspicious Vehicles Near Livestock + Poultry Farms 🚫

Recently, there have been reports of suspicious vehicles parked along the road near livestock + poultry farms throughout the Midwest, including Iowa. In some instances, people are just taking photos of the livestock + poultry barns, but in more extreme cases, people are entering the buildings to take photos + videos of the animals. It...

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💰 FSA OFFERS A VARIETY OF LOANS TO HELP LIVESTOCK FARMERS 💰

There are opportunities in the Iowa livestock industry and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers continues to receive inquiries from farmers – many from young people wanting to get into farming – but weren’t sure where to start or how to secure financing to make their dream of farming a reality.  The Coalition has also...

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Iowa Livestock Insider // Winter 2020

 

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The Maschhoffs Invests in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

The Maschhoffs, a fifth-generation hog producing family headquartered in Carlyle, Illinois, affirms its support of Iowa agriculture through an investment in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF). Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition, says The Maschhoffs have been a long-time supporter of our efforts to work with farm families.  “We’re extremely grateful for...

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An exciting new decade

by Peyton Schmitt, Communications Intern While the start of each new year is exciting, the start of a new decade brings even more anticipation about what it will hold. During my time thus far at the Coalition, I’ve seen the growth and innovation we’ve attained over the past decade – including the culmination of over...

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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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