CSIF News Briefs – July 2017
07-31-2017 in Through The Gate
Montgomery County Family Preserves Pasture and Traditions with Support from CSIF
Too many wet and muddy spring calving seasons on pasture motivated John McCarthy to explore the idea of calving under roof. In 2014, he contacted the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) for siting assistance with a monoslope calving barn; he wanted to ensure that the barn would be placed in the correct location to accommodate the long-term goals and growth of his family’s fourth-generation farm near Red Oak.
Polk County Cattlemen Invest in Iowa Agriculture
The Polk County Cattlemen, an affiliate of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, 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 group has stepped forward with an investment to support efforts in working with livestock farmers.
“We’re extremely grateful for Polk County Cattlemen’s ongoing contribution to the Coalition and deeply appreciative of their continued support of Iowa agriculture,” he says
Click on the link to read the full press release.
CSIF Services Spotlight
Call the Coalition to Keep the Farm in the Family–The Coalition will help you explore options, such as adding or growing a livestock enterprise, that can assist you in bringing the next generation back to the farm.
Contact us at 1-800-932-2436 or visit our website, www.supportfarmers.com.
Young Farmer Plants New Roots
When Mike Bahl began exploring expanding the family dairy herd, he called on the CSIF team to help walk him through the process. He not only gained insight on growing the farm, but took away tools that allowed him to enhance neighbor relations.
Check out Bahl’s From the Farm Spotlight on our Green Farmstead Partner blog to learn more.
A native of Dubuque County, Dave Lansing is a diversified crop and cattle farmer. Working with the Coalition has enabled him to successfully and responsibly care for his livestock as well as the surrounding communities.
If you’re going to expand the operation, bring the next generation in, go talk to them. They’ll give you good advice to expand the operation, which way to go, where to set the buildings, or if you should go away from the building site.” – Dave Lansing
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