Through The Gate // August 2022

09-08-2022 in Through The Gate

How Planting Trees Benefits Hog Farms

Why should you plant trees on your hog farm? For Aaron & Kali Wenger of Fayette County, a lot of consideration went into the decision to establish a windbreak on their farm. By utilizing the Green Farmstead Partner Program, the Wengers can be confident in their investment in the farm’s future.

First and foremost, Aaron & Kali were well aware of the aesthetic and visual screening benefits of planting trees. Additionally, the trees will help to control snow so it’s not deposited on driveways, feed bunks, pit fans or roofs, reduce odor, and conserve energy in livestock buildings.


All livestock farmers are eligible for the Green Farmstead Partner Program, no matter the type or size of operation. So, how do you get started?

The best place to begin is to personally assess your farm site, determine your goals and develop a timeline for when you would want to start and complete your project. However, we understand that it can be difficult to know how to start the process. That is why we are here! If you have questions, are unsure of what your best options are or would just like some ideas, call the Coalition at 800.932.2436.

By utilizing the Green Farmstead Partner Program, you will also be connected to a network landscape & nursery experts that are available to design a cost-effective and time-efficient windbreak for your farm.

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CSIF at the Iowa State Fair



“Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair.”

This 10 day-long celebration draws in thousands of Iowans each year and boasts a variety of opportunities for fairgoers to engage in agriculture. CSIF had the opportunity to take advantage of this in a few ways.

Farm Bureau Day at the Iowa State Fair took place Tuesday, August 16th, where CSIF visited with Iowa farmers and answered questions regarding rules and regulations as well as best management practices. On Wednesday, August 17th, the team spent the morning in the Animal Learning Center volunteering with the farrowing display. (pictured above)

CSIF additionally sponsored WHO’s streaming of both the Governor’s Charity Steer Show (August 13) and the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull.

2022 Photo Contest

The Coalition’s annual photo contest kicked off on August 1st and wrapped up on the 24th. Nearly 30 photos depicting agriculture were submitted and voted on via the CSIF Facebook page. Three category winners were chosen, as well as an overall winner. Winning photos were selected by the amount of “likes” (votes) the image received. Check out your favorites below!








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