Farm Credit Services of America Invests in the Coalition

01-03-2013 in News Release

DES MOINES, Iowa – January 3, 2013 – Farm Credit Services of America, (FCSAmerica) a company dedicated to serving the agricultural credit and financial needs of farmers and ranchers, reaffirmed its support of Iowa agriculture through an investment in the non-profit Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

The financial commitment made by FCSAmerica will assist CSIF in its efforts to provide direct assistance to livestock farmers as they strive to grow their farms successfully and responsibly.

“We’re extremely grateful for FCSAmerica’s contribution to the Coalition and deeply appreciative of their continued support of Iowa agriculture,” says Brian Waddingham, Executive Director of CSIF. “Our work is critical given the complexity of today’s regulations governing livestock agriculture, the desire of farm families to do things right and the importance of sustaining a strong livestock industry to the betterment of our economy, and FCSAmerica’s investment underscores the value of our efforts.”

A portion of the FCSAmerica investment will be used to support the popular Green Farmstead Partner program. The Green Farmstead Partner program is sponsored by CSIF, along with the help of Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association.  It offers timely and cost-effective assistance to Iowa farmers wanting to plant trees and shrubs around new and existing livestock and poultry buildings.

“FCSAmerica is proud to renew our support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.  Both organizations share a strong and passionate interest in supporting and growing Iowa agriculture,” says Jim Knuth, Senior Vice President for Farm Credit Services of America. “And one of the best ways to do that is through livestock.”

CSIF was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly.  It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost.  CSIF does not lobby or develop policy.  Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.

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