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20 Years and Growing

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was formed 20 years ago to support farmers facing unprecedented opposition. Anti-ag groups were targeting livestock farmers, obstructing expansion and adoption of new, science-based practices. Nuisance lawsuits were filed against family farms, threatening their existence. With a vibrant livestock industry crucial to corn and soybean farmers as well as...

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Secretary Naig Honors the Schmidt Family with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

Hancock County family recognized at 2024 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines.

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Through the Gate // December 2023

  A Look Back at 2023   Despite the ongoing challenges with markets and the weather, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) was busy helping livestock farmers grow successfully and responsibly in 2023. CSIF staff continued to see steady interest from farmers wanting to add livestock to help diversify their operations as well as...

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CSIF Provides Update on Livestock Rules and Regulations

West Des Moines, Iowa – December 11, 2023 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is proud to offer vital tools and resources crucial for Iowa’s livestock and poultry farmers to successfully and responsibly grow their farms and help young people return to the farm. The non-profit, non-lobbying organization has seen an uptick in young...

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Through the Gate // November 2023

  Farming for the Future Conference     ***Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by November 27. A $20.00 fee will be charged for registrations after November 27. REGISTER     Landscape Legends Learn more about one of our newest Green Farmstead Partners. Landscape Legends is based out of Ames, IA and...

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Through the Gate // October 2023

  Porktober & Partnerships October is Pork Month in Iowa. Also known as “Porktober,” this month-long celebration is the perfect time to highlight CSIF’s partnership with Iowa Pork. CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Pat McGonegle, shares what makes this partnership beneficial to Iowa’s hog farmers.       Managing Nutrients & Manure  ...

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Experts to Discuss Timely Livestock Regulatory Issues at Farming for the Future Conference

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 19, 2023 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting its eighteenth annual Farming for the Future Conference November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. This year’s conference, “Rules, Regulations and the Future of Your Farm,” features a dynamic...

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A Minute with Maddi

By Maddilyn Klemme, 2023 CSIF Communications Intern Summer always brings many new experiences to college students across the nation. This summer was no exception for me as I started my communications internship with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF). Throughout my summer I was given many new and exciting opportunities. These opportunities have followed...

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Through the Gate // September 2023

  National Good Neighbor Day   There’s a lot to celebrate on National Good Neighbor Day! Since 2004, the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award has been awarded to 178 livestock farmers across Iowa. Each award is a celebration of the good things being done every day on Iowa’s livestock farms. Know a Good Farm Neighbor?...

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Silage Piles and Other Feedstuffs: What You Need to Know

Fall is a busy time in Iowa, from harvesting crops, to putting up feedstuffs for the coming year, to baling stalks for bedding. Before chopping silage or other feedstuffs that will be stockpiled, consider potential environmental impacts. Silage leachate, or seepage from silage piles, bags, bunkers, and silos, is not only an economic loss that...

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