Ose Family to Receive November Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

11-18-2013 in Good Farm Neighbor

West Des Moines, Iowa – November 18, 2013 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) commends the Ose family of Hamilton County for their outstanding efforts as a neighbors and community leaders. They have been named the November recipients of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will present the award to the family on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Titan Machinery’s facility near Williams, located at 3093 220th St.

“Iowa farm families go to great lengths every day to provide the best possible care for their animals and the environment, while still being good neighbors and active community members,” CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham said. “This award is a great way to recognize people like the Ose’s who represent who we would all like to have as a neighbor.”

The “Big Show,” which airs on both WHO and WMT radio, will broadcast live from the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of CSIF, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award. For more information, visit www.supportfarmers.com/goodneighbor.

The full release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is below:

CARROLL OSE FAMILY FROM BLAIRSBURG NAMED WERGIN GOOD FARM NEIGHBOR AWARD WINNERS

Award to be presented Nov. 21 at Titan Machinery in Williams

Contact: Dustin Vande Hoef, 515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Carroll Ose family, who run a wean to finish hog operation on their farm near Blairsburg, have been named the November winners of the “Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.”

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will present the award to the family on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Titan Machinery’s facility near Williams, located at 3093 220th St.  The “Big Show,” which airs on both WHO and WMT radio, will broadcast live from the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.

“Iowa is fortunate to have many families like the Ose’s who are committed to doing things the right way on their farm, but who are also active in their community and work hard to make rural Iowa a great place to live,” Northey said.

Carroll Ose and his wife Judy have three children, Erin, Mike and Lindsay, and raise corn, soybeans and seed corn in addition to hogs on their farm.

The family was nominated for the award by their neighbor Randy Greufe, saying Carroll is, “very involved in the communities where he lives and does business.  He helps make these communities better places to work and live.”

Ose has been very active in supporting tree plantings in Hamilton County and has planted over 1000 trees over the years in order to better protect the environment.  Ose is also involved in the Blairsburg Co-op, Van Diest Medical Center, Lions Club, and Hamilton County NRCS and FSA committees and other organizations.

Greufe added “Carroll Ose is willing to help his neighbors and community members whenever possible.  If there is a need in the community he is usually there to help.”

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

Anyone interested in nominating their neighbor for the award should write a letter or e-mail explaining why their neighbor should receive this designation.  Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 or emailed to Communications@iowaAgriculture.gov.

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