Through the Gate // February 2024

02-29-2024 in Through The Gate




“The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award just speaks of Iowa. It defines us,” says WHO Radio Farm Broadcaster Bob Quinn. WHO Radio, along with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers present the award to Iowa farmers who take pride in doing things right and who go above and beyond as environmental stewards and animal caretakers. CSIF has presented 179 awards in its 20 years of existence.

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Farming for the Future: Focus on Beef Quality

Bob Quinn sits down with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to discuss all things Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). Get the inside info from IBIC staff and learn how Iowa cattle farmers are implementing best management practices on their farms.






The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to have a presence in the state with on-farm inspections. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also inspects, investigates complaints, and responds to emergency spill situations. Because these situations usually occur with little or no notice to the farmer, it is important that livestock and poultry farmers are prepared to be inspected at any time.



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Industry News & Updates


Celebrating 15 Years of Iowa’s Best Burger

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are proud to announce the 15th Annual Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. Nominations will be taken from Monday, February 12th to Tuesday, March 12th, 2024.

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Secretary Naig Encourages Applications for Century and Heritage Farm Recognition

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encourages eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for Century or Heritage Farm recognition as part of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program was created by the Department and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to honor families who have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years, respectively.

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Small Farm and Beginning Farmer Webinars Offer Guidance and Insight to Entrepreneurs

Are you ready to cultivate your dreams and turn that small plot of land into a thriving and sustainable farm? Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the Small Farm & Beginning Farmer series, designed exclusively for beginning farmers and small acreage owners.

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BQA Workshops

March 7 + 8 | Maquoketa, Durant

Earn your BQA Certification at one of the upcoming BQA Workshops.

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IDALS Producer Composting Seminars

March 12, 13, 14| Ames, Ottumwa, Storm Lake

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be hosting three Producer Composting Seminars across Iowa on March 12, 13, and 14.

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Acres of Opportunity Conference

March 16 | Ottumwa

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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Good Farm Neighbor Award

March 22 | Buchanan County

Join the Coalition, The Big Show, and the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the latest Good Farm Neighbor Award winners, the Alberts – cattle farmers in Buchanan County!

Iowa Turkey Federation Area Meetings

March 26, 27, 28 | Storm Lake, Story City, Washington

2024 Iowa Turkey Federation Area Meetings

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