CSIF News Briefs – January 2017

01-31-2017 in Through The Gate

Tight Margins Fuel Farmers’ Risk Management Decisions 

If history is any guide of agriculture’s economic cycle, today’s downturn in prices will create new opportunities for farmers to capture the next movement of consumer demand. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers recent Farming for the Future Conference provided farmers the risk management tools and resources they need to sustain their farms for future success.

Read the complete follow-up story here.


CSIF Announces Call for Good Farm Neighbor Award Nominations

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. To celebrate responsible livestock farming, the Coalition is announcing a call for Good Farm Neighbor award nominations through March 1, 2017.

Support CSIF in honoring Iowa’s dedicated farm families with this prestigious award by visiting www.supportfarmers.com/goodfarmneighbor. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship, animal husbandry and community service.


Farm Tip: Preparing for an EPA or DNR Inspection Series

Feeling uneasy about how to handle an environmental inspection on your livestock farm? Check out CSIF’s three-part article series on what to do before, during and after a DNR or EPA inspection.

Read the articles or visit our website for more information and resources about farm inspections.


CSIF Services Spotlight

Follow us throughout 2017 as we highlight the unique services we provide to Iowa’s livestock farmers. For more information about our background and mission, visit supportfarmers.com or call 1-800-932-2436.

Call the Coalition for Educational Opportunities: Each year the Coalition hosts a variety of workshops and conferences, including the annual Farming for the Future Conference, to help farmers learn how to tackle farming challenges such as financial planning, ag lending and risk management.


Winter Guide to Windbreaks

Properly installed windbreaks protect your family, your farm and your livestock during the winter season. We’ve got your “Winter Guide to Windbreaks” and dozens of archived entries about snow control available on our Green Farmstead Partner blog.


Investment Partner Highlight: Accu-Steel Fabric Covered Buildings

Accu-Steel Fabric Covered Buildings, a leading manufacturer of fabric-covered buildings, affirms its support of Iowa agriculture through an investment in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

Jason Owen, president of Accu-Steel, said the family-owned business is proud to serve Iowa’s livestock farmers today and into the future. “Iowa’s cattle industry is an important part of the state and local economy. Accu-Steel is committed to helping the industry continue to grow,” said Owen. “Working with the Coalition we can continue to make Iowa’s cattle industry more competitive, which will allow more young people to go back to the family farm.”

Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition, says the Templeton, Iowa-based firm has stepped forward with a $3,000 investment. “We’re extremely grateful for Accu-Steel’s investment in the Coalition and appreciate their continued support of Iowa agriculture,” he says.

Read the full news release.


Farmgate Quotable

Mike Pearson, farmer and host of Market to Market, says the value in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is the non-profit’s ability to assist farmers in understanding the rules and regulations they need to address while protecting their anonymity.

“We all need additional resources, we all need additional revenue. Iowa is a great place to grow our industry, and CSIF is right there to walk beside us along the way.”

Watch Pearson’s full video testimonial here.

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