Through the Gate // November 2022

11-22-2022 in Through The Gate



Farm to Table: Thanksgiving Dinner

We hear the phrase, “farm to table,” often. Perhaps Thanksgiving Dinner is one of the best demonstrations of this. From the turkey to the corn to the pumpkin pie, we can trace each food back to its origins and appreciate the work of the producers who helped get it to our plate.

Turkey. The most common Thanksgiving protein. In Iowa, turkey farmers take great pride in raising a safe & nutritious food product. Iowa’s 130 turkey farms, most of which are comprised of 2nd or 3rd generation farmers, raise nearly 12 million turkeys annually. Not only does the industry produce a lot of protein, but it produces a lot of jobs as well. The turkey industry in Iowa supports over 38,000 jobs and contributes $10.64 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.

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Farming for the Future Conference

Looking to grow your farm? Is livestock financially feasible for your farm today? What livestock is right for your farm? Are there cost-share programs available to build livestock barns and feedlots? What’s the outlook for financing and interest rates? If you are asking those questions, then the annual Farming for the Future Conference is a must! This year’s conference, Financing Your Livestock Farm, features an overview of the opportunities in livestock agriculture in the state of Iowa, the financial feasibility of raising livestock today and programs that are available to help finance your livestock project. Various opportunities for contract feeding livestock will also be presented.

Register for FREE by November 23

*A $20.00 fee will be charged for registrations after November 23.*


Doing Good in the Neighborhood


It’s now simpler than ever to nominate a deserving farm family for the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award! The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right and go above and beyond as environmental stewards and animal caretakers. It is an opportunity to tell the story of responsible livestock farming in Iowa and highlight the families who make it so successful.

Do you know a deserving Iowa farm family? Nominate them today!





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