Iowa Livestock Insider – July 2018
07-16-2018 in Iowa Livestock Insider
FOLSOM FAMILY NAMED GOOD FARM NEIGHBORS
Jason and Gene Folsom and family were honored with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Calhoun County Expo Center. Nearly 80 friends, family members and industry representatives were in attendance to show support and appreciation for the family.
FROM THE INTERN
by Megyn Walston, Communications Intern
I have always been passionate about educating consumers on where their food comes from. With today’s media and misconceptions that are being portrayed daily, this task has become even more important for the future of agriculture. In June, I had the opportunity to visit Cinnamon Ridge Farms in Donahue, Iowa, to learn more about their operation and how they are working to educate the public. Read more.
by Kent Mowrer, Senior Field Coordinator
I recently had the opportunity to watch a presentation on neighbor relations from Paul Kostboth, owner of A1 Development Solutions, while attending Iowa Swine Day. He brought up a good point on “perspective” that farmers need to consider when preparing to visit with neighbors about adding a new livestock barn to their farm. A farmer has the “perspective” of modern livestock agriculture and how it has improved from back in the day. However, a neighbor may have the “perspective” of back in the day on grandpa’s farm and how that was a better way to raise livestock than today. These neighbors may not understand today’s livestock agriculture or appreciate it. Livestock farmers need to consider the neighbor’s “perspective” and educate the neighbor on the many benefits modern livestock agriculture provides today.
If you need help in developing a neighbor relations plan specific to your farm, contact the Coalition today.
BLAIR’S TO HOST COVER CROP FIELD DAY
Join us for a cover crop field day on Tuesday, July 17th from 10am-1pm at the farm of A.J. and Kellie Blair! Location: 3531 Paragon Ave., Dayton, Iowa 50530. For more information, visit practicalfarmers.org.
Please join us for a tour of Cornfed Farms’ new cattle barn! We will be hosting an open house on August 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and hope you are able to attend!
Lunch will be provided 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP, contact: Sara Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers at 515.225.5526.
Read the entire release here.
CSIF PARTNERS WITH IOWA STATE FAIR’S AVENUE OF BREEDS
In celebration of Iowa’s diverse livestock industry, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is proudly sponsoring the “Avenue of Breeds” at the Iowa State Fair for the eighth year in a row.
The 2018 Iowa State Fair runs August 9 – 19 and the Avenue of Breeds is one of the fair’s most popular attractions. Located in the northwest corner of the Swine Barn, the exhibit showcases 125 different animals and provides fairgoers with educational information about the livestock displayed. Members of the North Polk FFA chapter volunteer to answer questions from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily and also to tend to the animals throughout the fair.