CSIF News Briefs – June 2017

06-30-2017 in Through The Gate

Livestock Farming Appeals to Iowa Youth

The future of agriculture depends on the involvement of the next generation and the continued success of the livestock and poultry industries. According to a recent survey of Iowa FFA members, 89 percent of students who reported their desire to farm indicated they intend to raise livestock.

Read the full press release or click on the link to view a trend line analysis of the CSIF survey.


Wilcox Family of Cherokee County Presented with Good Farm Neighbor Award

On Monday, June 5th, the Mark and Sara Wilcox family was recognized with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award for their efforts as environmental stewards, livestock caretakers and community leaders. Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, presented the award to the Wilcox family, thanking them for the positive example they set for Iowa agriculture.

“When you live in rural Iowa you’ve got to be able to communicate, and because of the nature of having livestock it’s incumbent upon us as we’re out here to explain what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” said Mark.

Read the full feature story or click on the link to view Mark’s video interview.


CSIF Services Spotlight

Call the Coalition for Site Analysis –When adding livestock to your farm, it’s important to make sure you have a good site for a livestock or poultry barn. A thorough analysis by the Coalition takes into account the location of neighbors, public use areas like parks and lakes, topography and prevailing winds.

Contact us at 1-800-932-2436 or visit our website, www.supportfarmers.com.


CSIF Workshop Highlights Value of Planting Trees on Livestock Farms

Did you know a properly designed windbreak not only reduces the impact of winds and inclement weather, but can dissipate odors, shift snowfall and enhance farm aesthetics? These factors combined make trees an effective tool for improving neighbor relations.

Click on the link to learn why you should consider putting down roots on your livestock farm.


Journey of Exploration in Iowa Agriculture

From the Mississippi River to southwest Iowa, our intern, Emma Wilson, has been out and about this summer visiting with farmers from across the state. Check out her latest blog entry to find out what she’s been up to this month.


Farmgate Quotable

Doug and Denise Bishop farm near Manchester, Iowa, raising hogs with the help of their children, Austin and Alex. When the Bishops decided to expand their farm, they made a call to the Coalition on siting questions and the opportunities within the Green Farmstead Partner Program.

“The Coalition gave us great materials that had information on trees and some things they see used in windbreaks. They also gave us a list of area nurseries that had gone through training with the Coalition to help them become more specialized in meeting the needs of today’s agricultural producers.” – Denise Bishop

Follow the link to view the Bishop’s video testimonial.

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