CSIF News Briefs – May 2017

05-30-2017 in Through The Gate

Iowa Beef Industry Council Partners with Livestock Coalition

We are pleased to announce the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) has been named the ninth member organization of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), a collaborative initiative dedicated to helping farm families raise livestock and poultry responsibly and successfully.

Since 2004, CSIF has worked with nearly 4,000 farm families to help them grow their farms by providing siting assistance, implementing best management practices, interpreting rules and regulations and enhancing neighbor relations.

The addition of the IBIC will be integral to the continuation of the Coalition’s mission as well as the initiative’s free and confidential services.

Click here to read the full press release.


Wilson Joins Coalition Team as Summer Intern

Earlier this month, Emma Wilson, a native of Guthrie Center, joined the CSIF staff as the organization’s summer communications intern.

Wilson will assist CSIF by creating content for the organization’s communications channels and coordinating farmer outreach activities. She will also assist with the day-to-day operations of the organization, including promoting and conducting open houses, workshops and other special events.

Click here to read the full press release or follow Wilson throughout her internship experience by reading her monthly intern blog.


Conservation Counts for Lucas County Good Farm Neighbors

For more than 30 years, Mike and Nick Hunter have been committed to implementing conservation practices on their family farm near Chariton, Iowa where they run a heifer development program and raise corn, soybeans, Christmas trees and 150 cow-calf pairs. The brothers’ targeted methods range from no-till to cover crops, contour terraces, windbreaks, filter strips and sediment basins.

“We’ve always been early adopters of conservation practices, and that’s still a mainstay on our farm,” said Mike.

On Wednesday, May 24th, the Hunter brothers were recognized with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award in acknowledgement of their long-standing efforts as environmental stewards. Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, presented the award to Mike, Nick and their families.

Stay tuned for the complete follow-up story!


CSIF Services Spotlight:

Call the Coalition to Grow Your Operation –The Coalition will help you develop a plan for growing your livestock farm and connect you with resources you need – from ag loan program to builders and engineers – to grow the right way.

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


Partnership Spotlight: Frazier Nursery

Frazier Nursery, located in Vinton, is a participating nursery in t0 he Green Farmstead Partnership Program offering their skills and expertise to customers and livestock farmers. Interested in learning tips and tricks on how they can help incorporate trees on your livestock farm? Check out this month’s Green Farmstead Partnership blog to learn more about their tree farm and upcoming Green Farmstead Partner Workshop event!


Farmgate Quotable

“We are supportive of the Coalition’s mission to go work with producers to do the right things in their operations and to help them understand regulations. CSIF is a real catalyst for expanding animal agriculture in the state and doing things in the right way so we can get ahead of any issues that may arise.” – Mike Naig, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Follow the link to view Naig’s video testimonial.

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