Through the Gate // June 2023

06-30-2023 in Through The Gate

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Good Farm Neighbors in Iowa County



Alan and Sara Mohr and family received the 171st Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Friday, June 2, 2023, on their family’s farm in Marengo. The Mohrs were joined by nearly 300 friends, family, community members, and industry representatives to celebrate this honor.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the award to the family sharing that the day was a celebration of the Mohrs’ dedication to doing the ‘right thing’ on their operation. “For four generations, the Mohr family has led by example in being stewards of their land and livestock,” said Secretary Naig.

The Mohrs own and operate Cornfed Farms, LLC, where they grow corn and soybeans, run a small cow-calf herd and maintain a 1,000-head cattle feedlot. Providing the highest quality of animal care to their livestock, utilizing technology to track cattle health, implementing conservation practices, and incorporating cover crops on their operation is how the family cares for the well-being of their land and livestock.

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Turkey Lover’s Month

June is just one time to celebrate all things turkey. As we celebrate Turkey Lover’s Month, we also celebrate our partnership with the Iowa Turkey Federation.

National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month. The Bolin family in Butler County own and operate New Day Dairy. Watch the video to learn about how utilizing CSIF’s free + confidential services was beneficial to their dairy farm.


Meet the Intern


The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is excited to welcome Maddilyn Klemme to the team as their 2023 Communications Intern.

Klemme will be a junior at Iowa State University this fall studying agricultural communications and minoring in animal science and public relations. In addition to her studies, Klemme is also active in many organizations on campus, including Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, Block and Bridle, Collegiate Cattlemen, CALS Ambassadors, CALS Council and the ISU National Agri-Marketing

Association Chapter.

Prior to attending Iowa State, Klemme grew up on her family’s cattle and row crop farm in eastern Iowa. Growing up, she was actively involved in both 4H and FFA spending time in livestock, communication, photography, and equipment restoration projects at the county and state levels.




In the Industry


What Farmers Need to Know Before Converting Infrastructure on the Farm

You’ve decided you want to expand or diverse your operation. Your first consideration may be to convert existing infrastructure on the farm, such as a confinement barn or open feedlot. Before you get started, it’s important to consider the rules and regulations that apply to your plans. “No matter the size of your operation, what species you’re raising or production practices you’re following — there are rules,” says Brian Waddingham, executive director for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

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“I Am An Iowa Cattleman”

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has kicked off this year’s “I Am An Iowa Cattleman” photo contest. Share a photo of what makes you proud to be an Iowa cattleman!

Visit to submit your photo. Photos must be submitted between June 19 and July 5.  Voting takes place on Facebook and the top 10 move on to the Iowa State Fair for fairgoers to help select the winner.

Cash Award Recognizes Young Farmer Entrepreneurs

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, encourages young farmer entrepreneurs between 18-35 years old with an ag-related business to enter the Grow Your Future Award for a chance to win $7,500. This competition is focused on Farm Bureau members with enterprises that tap into niche production, agritourism, and specialty services.

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Upcoming Events


Good Farm Neighbor Award // Mark Schleisman + Family

July 7 | Lake City, IA
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 Schleismans, hogs, cattle, and crop farmers from Calhoun County.

Good Farm Neighbor Award // Preston Family

July 10 | Swea City, IA
Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the Preston family, cattle + crop farmers from Kossuth County

Good Farm Neighbor Award // Berg Family

July 14 | Sac County
Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the Berg family, turkey farmers from Sac County.


July 15 | Des Moines, IA
Tickets are on sale for the inaugural BBQ & Brew at the Ballpark. The event takes place at Principal Park in Des Moines from noon to 4 p.m. There is no baseball game that day, but Principal Park will be open, and Iowans can sample Iowa pork, sip beer from Iowa breweries, and learn grilling skills from barbecue experts. Music, food vendors, and other entertainment will also be provided for this family friendly event.

Good Farm Neighbor Award // Erlbacher Family

August 1 | Crawford County
Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the Erlbacher family, cattle farmers from Crawford County.

Good Farm Neighbor Award // New Day Dairy

August 3 | Clarksville, IA
Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the Bolin family, dairy farmers from Butler County.

***Free gift for first 100 to RSVP: click here



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