Through the Gate // February 2023

02-28-2023 in Through The Gate



Calving Under Roof with the Pontiers


Calving Under Roof with Ryan Pontier


Brothers Ryan & Chad Pontier farm with their family in Clarke County near Osceola. Just a few years ago, the Pontiers decided to add a calving barn to their operation. Ryan explains the process he and Chad went through, including calling the Coalition and utilizing EQIP, as well as what their experience has been now calving under roof.


Farming for the Future


The Farming for the Future Friday Series on The Big Show resumed on February 17th. In the last two features, the focus has shifted to opportunities in the pork industry in Iowa, which will continue in the next three. Make sure to tune in on March 3rd, March 17th, and March 24th!

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Good Neighbor Tip of the Month


Welcome Questions. Remember, two-way communication is best. Listen intently and be specific in your responses. Keep in mind that you’re not asking for permission to incorporate manure or grow your farm. Instead, you’re providing information and answering questions to make the situation a win-win for both you and your neighbor.

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Upcoming Events


Farming for the Future Friday with Iowa Pork

March 3rd // The Big Show


Acres of Opportunity Conference

March 11 // Iowa State University

Acres of Opportunity is an Iowa Farm Bureau-inspired conference focusing on crop, livestock and business diversification opportunities for new and existing farmers.

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Farming for the Future Friday with Iowa Pork

March 17 // The Big Show


Iowa Cattlemen’s Cattle Producer Forum: Tama/Benton County

March 21 // Keystone, IA


Farming for the Future Friday with Iowa Pork

March 24th // The Big Show


Iowa Cattlemen’s Cattle Producer Forum: Jasper County

March 28 // Newton, IA

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