Havens joins the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

11-04-2021 in Staff

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – November 4, 2021 – Kody Havens has been named Field Specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

Photo: Kody Havens

Havens will provide one-on-one assistance to farm families wanting to grow their livestock farms responsibly and successfully. He’ll assist livestock and poultry farmers in following all rules and regulations, choosing good locations for new livestock barns and feedlots, enhancing relations with neighbors and implementing best management practices that improve air, soil and water quality.

Other responsibilities will include leading the organization’s farmer education efforts, including the annual Farming for the Future Conference, coordinating the popular Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, and networking with the state’s livestock and poultry leaders to provide timely assistance to farm families to help them manage changes to their farms.
Havens, who grew up in Cass County, has been actively involved with livestock production his entire life and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with Iowa’s cattle industry. Prior to his role with the Coalition, Havens served as a Service Manager for Prestage Farms where he was responsible for training and managing farm staff on proper production practices for the daily care of pigs. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

“The Coalition has been a trusted resource for Iowa farm families wanting to remain viable on the land and active in their communities for more than seventeen years,” said CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “Kody will help maintain and advance the Coalition’s reputation as a prompt, reliable and trusted resource for livestock and poultry farmers.”

CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. This positive, solutions-based approach to helping livestock farmers grow is a collaborative effort involving the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy. For more information, call 800.932.2436 or visit supportfarmers.com.

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