Through the Gate // October 2023

11-02-2023 in Through The Gate


Porktober & Partnerships

October is Pork Month in Iowa. Also known as “Porktober,” this month-long celebration is the perfect time to highlight CSIF’s partnership with Iowa Pork. CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Pat McGonegle, shares what makes this partnership beneficial to Iowa’s hog farmers.




Managing Nutrients & Manure


With fall arriving and manure hauling in affect this is a good time for a reminder about manure management plans (MMP) as well as nutrient management plans (NMP). These are required for producers that hit animal unit (AU) thresholds. If a producer exceeds 500 AU in total confinement, a MMP is required while a NMP is required once a producer hits 1,000 AU in open feedlots.

Regulations are specific to the type of feedlot and size of the operation. Both plans have restrictions on application of manure that are based on the nutrient levels of the manure as well as the nutrient levels of the field you plan to apply on. There are rules that control the time of year and conditions that a producer can and cannot apply manure.

Separation distances are also a factor when applying manure depending on the type of application you use. For more information on separation distances refer to DNR’s fact sheet.

If you have any questions about manure management plans or nutrient management plans, please give CSIF a call 800-932-2436.



A Minute with Maddi


“Summer always brings many new experiences to college students across the nation. This summer was no exception for me as I started my communications internship with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF). Throughout my summer I was given many new and exciting opportunities. These opportunities have followed me and will continue to follow me into my academic and professional work… Continue Reading


2024 Communications Internship

The communications intern helps develop strategies focused on supporting farmers as they raise livestock responsibly and successfully. From the office to the field, the communications intern acquires hands-on experience in agriculture, journalism, public relations, marketing, social media, and much more. This paid internship is full-time from May-August, with potential for the selected applicant to work part-time in the fall/spring.

Applications due November 1


Farming for the Future Conference



This year’s conference, “Rules, Regulations and the Future of Your Farm,” features a dynamic line-up of speakers offering insight into new state regulations impacting livestock and poultry farmers. Attendees will receive timely information to persevere through challenging economic times including providing strategies on ways to manage risk, an overview of the global ag market, determining the financial feasibility of livestock production and a commodity market outlook. The conference will conclude with an “Ask the Expert” panel addressing the new livestock rule changes and their impact on building new livestock barn and feedlots.

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by November 27. A $20.00 fee will be charged for registrations after November 27. For more information about the conference and to register, visit or call 1-800-932-2436.  Space is limited.




The Fenceline Podcast


Episode 3

The Behounek family visits with Bob on their farm outside of Chelsea, IA. They discuss the evolution of the farm – from one 4-H project years ago, to a working crop and livestock farm. Secretary Mike Naig joins Joe Behounek and Bob Quinn to discuss the sheep industry in Iowa.


Episode 4

Bob Quinn is joined by the final Good Farm Neighbors of 2023, the Dolch family from Montgomery County. A family deeply rooted in agriculture, the Dolches share how it all began and how they got to where they are in the industry today. Bob & Steve even swap some stories about Villisca and Morton’s Mill.



Farming for the Future Friday

Farming for the Future Fridays are back! Listen to The Big Show to hear it live or listen anytime on the podcast. Mark your calendars for December 1st and December 15th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to tune in!


Industry News & Updates


IDALS Encourages Vigilance Against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

With Minnesota and South Dakota confirming cases, fall migration underway, and the virus continuing to circulate in the wild bird population, Iowa poultry producers and those with backyard birds should take proactive steps to defend their flocks.

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Cliff’s Place in Manning Wins 2023 Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin

A new tenderloin has been crowned Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin. You can devour this year’s champion at Cliff’s Place in Manning, an hour and a half northwest of Des Moines.

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(Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)

Iowa Speedway to Host First-Ever NASCAR Cup Series Race in 2024

Iowa Corn will be the entitlement partner for the first-ever Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway. Comprised of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn works to unlock the potential of corn in a sustainable manner to meet the global need for food and energy. The name and logo of the Cup Series race will be announced in the near future.

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Upcoming Events


Iowa Farm Income Webinar

November 9

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) will present its annual Iowa Farm Income Tax webinar on Thursday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. Learn More

North Central Poultry Fall Policy Conference

November 13 or 14 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join NCPA for their annual fall policy meetings on either November 13 (in person in the NCPA offices) or November 14 (virtually). Learn More

Earning Community Trust for Aquaculture Expansion

November 14 | 2:00 PM

In this one-hour webinar, a panelist of experts will discuss their findings from a recent aquaculture social license project. Learn More

Farming for the Future Conference

November 30 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers will be hosting our annual Farming for the Future Conference for farmers and industry professionals on Thursday, November 30th at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. Learn More

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting

December 5-6

The 2023 Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting will celebrate the achievements of county Farm Bureaus, the strong grassroots of the statewide organization, and its members – the people, progress and pride within Farm Bureau and all of Iowa. Learn More

Iowa Turkey Federation Winter Convention

December 5-7

Help the Iowa Turkey Federation celebrate 75 years at their Winter Convention, which will be at the West Des Moines Marriott December 5th – 7th. Learn More

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Summit

December 14-15 | Altoona, IA

This annual event focuses on networking, education, and policy with Iowa’s leading cattle producers. Learn More

Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm/Ag Business Marketing + Branding Workshop Series

December 7-8, 2023 & January 11-12, 2024 | West Des Moines, IA

Iowa Farm Bureau has teamed up with Flying Hippo to offer a two-part Marketing + Branding Workshop series that will help you develop marketing and branding plans for your farm/ag business. Learn how to create a brand that will make your business stand out from the pack and how to develop digital and social strategies that will get you noticed. Learn More

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