CSIF Tips of the Month – June 2016

06-15-2016 in Iowa Livestock Insider

5 Things You Should Know About CSIF

Whether you’re a current farmer, an aspiring farmer or an agri-business professional, here are five things you should know about the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF)


Summer Construction Season Reminders

Starting construction on a new livestock confinement? Before you start, make sure your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

No matter the size of confinement (even if it’s for 5 head), there are rules that apply. All confinements must meet separation distances to water and wells, check for alluvial and karst soil types, and submit a stormwater discharge permit IF more than an acre of dirt will be disturbed during construction. Additional separation distances and permitting is required for sites that have over 500 animal units. (To calculate animal units for your farm, click here.)

If you have more than one species of livestock in confinement on the same site, or within close proximity, those animal units need to be counted together. For more detailed information specific to your situation, contact the Coalition at 800-932-2436.


Healthy Roots Ensure Successful Tree Growth

Out of sight out of mind. When we think of tree health, we often consider what’s above ground first. In reality, it’s what is below the soil that matters most. A strong root system is essential to tree health.

To help you establish a strong root system during your tree planting, we’ve provided you with a “Guide to Growing Healthy Roots.”


A Fond Farewell

Five and a half years ago, Rita Cook (now Rita Reynolds) joined the Coalition’s staff. Her last day will be June 15. Read more about what she’s learned during her time at the Coalition and where she’s headed next.


Farmgate Quotables

“Every hog barn and cattle barn I help site, I contact the Coalition first. The Coalition has been a wonderful resource in helping me with manure management plans and getting in touch with the right contacts.”

– Richard Welsh, Purina, Livestock Production Specialist

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