Through the Gate // August 2023

08-29-2023 in Through The Gate

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Since 2004, Iowa livestock farmers have turned to the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers for free, confidential, and expert assistance in raising livestock responsibly and successfully. Join us at the fenceline and hear from industry experts and farmers about topics important to livestock agriculture in Iowa. The fenceline – where the gate is always open.

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Good Farm Neighbors Across the State



Doug Erlbacher


Dow City farmer Doug Erlbacher received the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on August 1, 2023. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, presented Erlbacher and his family with the award.

Doug Erlbacher operates Erlbacher Farms with help from his girlfriend Katie Tremel and their four-year old daughter Fiona. The fifth-generation family farm consists of a cow/calf herd and calf feeding enterprise, along with corn, soybeans, silage, and popcorn.

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New Day Dairy


Dan and Lynn Bolin of New Day Dairy were honored as Good Farm Neighbors on August 3rd, 2023, with a ceremony on their Century Farm. They farm just outside of Clarksville in Butler County with help from Dave and Pam Bolin, Dan’s parents.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, is given to Iowa livestock farmers who raise livestock successfully and responsibly, care for their land, and are involved in their community. The Bolin Family is an excellent example of these three pillars.

“It’s in big and small ways that we have to make sure we are getting to consumers and the non-ag public about animal agriculture,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, during the ceremony. “One of the things I love most about New Day Dairy is that they that to heart.”

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2023 Photo Contest Results


Overall Winner


Photo taken by Avery Hanaway of Buchanan County



People Category Winner


Future Farmer of America

Shannon Dietz, Chickasaw County



Land Category Winner



Elizabeth Zobel, Ida County



Livestock Category Winner


Pierce & Dolly

Vanessa Trampel, Hancock County



Industry News + Updates


A New Appreciation for Trees – and the Farmers who Plant More of Them

“Close to home, Iowa farmers also understand the value of trees. When strategically planted, trees can help beautify the countryside, provide shade for farm animals and people, and benefit the environment.”

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Soybean Month in Iowa

In August, Soybean Month in Iowa brings attention to the versatile crop responsible for feeding and fueling the world. From clean-burning biodiesel and feed for livestock, poultry and dairy to a variety of food and industrial products, uses derived from soybeans are nearly endless.

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The 41st Iowa’s Governor Charity Steer Show Fundraising Surpasses Previous Years, Raising $501,000

Continuing the upward streak, the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show exceeded the previous year’s fundraising total donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. This year’s event raised $501,000. Including this year’s donations, the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised almost $5.5 million since the event’s inception in 1983. 

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Upcoming Events


National Chicken Month

September 1 – 30
Since 1989, September has been recognized as National Chicken Month.
Good Farm Neighbor Award // Behounek Family

September 5 | Chelsea, IA
Join us in-person, tune in to The Big Show, or watch the Facebook livestream as we honor the Behounek Family of Poweshiek County with the Good Farm Neighbor Award!
Good Farm Neighbor Award // Steve Dolch + Family

September 15 | Ankeny, IA
Join us in-person, tune in to The Big Show, or watch the Facebook livestream as we honor Steve Dolch and his family of Montgomery County with the Good Farm Neighbor Award!
North Central Poultry Fall Festival + Annual Meeting

September 19 – 21 | Okoboji, IA
Celebrate All Things Poultry at the 2023 NCPA Fall Festival and Annual Meeting September 19-21 in Okoboji – located in Iowa’s Great Lakes region.


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