Through the Gate // March 2023

03-30-2023 in Through The Gate

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Planting Trees on Your Livestock Farm

 

The best time of year to plant trees is spring or fall – the two busiest seasons for farmers! The good news is there are several nursery professionals who offer services to make it easy for you! Although it may not quite feel like spring, now is the time to consider planting trees on your livestock farm.

By working through the Green Farmstead Partner program, the cost of your initial consultation and plan design from a participating nursery is covered by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

To learn more, call 800.932.2436 or visit supportfarmers.com/greenfarmsteadpartner.

 

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Farming for Your Future

 

CSIF Offers $10,000 Reward

The “Farming for the Future Friday” series on The Big Show wrapped up its pork feature on March 24. Catch up on episodes you missed, or go back and listen again, at supportfarmers.com. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) has announced a $10,000 reward to assist the Allamakee County sheriff’s department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in livestock farm vandalism cases endangering livestock in late December or early January in the eastern part of the county.
 

 
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Preparing for an EPA Inspection

 

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to have a presence in the state with aerial flyovers, internet investigations, and on-site 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. This discussion sheet should assist you in thinking about how you would respond and prepare for the day when EPA drives onto your place.


 

Good Neighbor Tip of the Month

 

Follow up. If you made commitments during the conversation, follow through with them. However, it is important to note that communication should not stop after the initial conversation. Let neighbors know when cement will be poured and that traffic may increase on certain days. After the barn is built, make sure to communicate with neighbors before applying manure. Most importantly, keep the lines of communication open.

 

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Industry News & Updates

 

New report reinforces Iowa agriculture’s role in ‘Feeding the Economy’

In Iowa, more than 325,800 jobs totaling $13.9 billion in wages are directly attributed to agriculture, according to the seventh annual Feeding the Economy report released by 25 food and agriculture groups.

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Nominations Open for Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This prestigious annual honor is given to an Iowa farmer who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership.

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Fact sheet aids producers in using new pork industry sustainability tool

Pork producers play a fundamental role in environmental stewardship as they continue to prioritize sustainable production practices. Iowa State University animal science graduate research assistant Erika Johnson said continuous improvement in this area requires strengthening the understanding of the relationship between the environment and production practices.

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Upcoming Events

 

Good Farm Neighbor Award // Cattle Farmer

April 13, 2023 | Holstein, IA

 

Join the Coalition, The Big Show, and the Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the latest Good Farm Neighbor Award winner in Ida County! Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a short program at noon where Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, will present the award to the family.

 

Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference

April 17-18, 2023 | Ames, IA

 

More than 6,000 FFA members and guests from across the state will gather to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete in various events, and shape the future of the Iowa FFA Association.

 

Good Farm Neighbor Award // Cattle Farmer

June 2, 2023 | Marengo, IA

 

Join the Coalition, The Big Show, and the Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we recognize the latest Good Farm Neighbor Award winner in Iowa County! Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a short program at noon where Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, will present the award to the family.

 

 

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