Iowa Livestock Insider – April 2018

04-16-2018 in Through The Gate

Glick Family Receives Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 12, 2018 – Rob and Amy Glick and family were honored with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Friday, March 23rd, at the Cedar County Fairgrounds in Tipton, Iowa. Over 100 friends, family members and industry representatives were in attendance. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the award sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and WHO and WMT radio stations.

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Charles City Landscaper Joins Green Farmstead Partner ProgramOtto's Oasis


Otto’s Oasis of Charles City has been designated a participating landscape professional in the Green Farmstead Partner program. The on-farm environmental initiative promotes the planning and installation of tree plantings on livestock and poultry farms. It’s a collaborative effort involving the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA).

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Rules for Small Animal Feeding Operations (SAFO’s)
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) staff make a number of visits to livestock farms about proposed confinements under 500 animal units (ex: less than 500 head of cattle or less than 1,250 head of hogs). Many times we hear the comment “There are no rules we need to follow for this size of barn, correct?” This is not the case with proposed confinements of this size.
Farmers need to be aware that there are rules to follow as the Department of Natural Resources is taking a closer look at the size of all animal feeding operations, including SAFO’s. All confinements need to meet basic setbacks to water sources, wells, and soil types, including alluvial soil or the 100-year flood plain. If you have questions about your proposed confinement project, feel free to give CSIF a call at 1-800-932-2436 or go to our website at

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Summit Livestock Facilities Renews Investment in CSIF

Summit Livestock Facilities confirmed its support of Iowa agriculture through a $5,000 investment in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

“At Summit Livestock Facilities we take pride in constructing livestock buildings that provide comfortable conditions for the animals, protect the environment and help sustain family farms,” said Ed Leman, Summit Livestock Facilities Beef Sales Manager. “The Coalition’s mission directly aligns with our purpose and we are honored to invest in an organization that helps Iowa farm families grow responsibly and successfully.”

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GFP Program: Nursery Spotlight

“With having an agricultural background and upbringing, I’ve always seen farming and landscaping as parallel or similar industries.” – Ted Lyon, Country Landscapes, Inc.


Farmgate Quotable

“I think the Coalition really gives you a good heads-up of what to look at. They know the policies. They know the regulations. They know how to talk to your neighbors. They know how to keep the relationships with everyone in good standing.” – Ben Olson, Olson Farms

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