Through the Gate // September 2023

09-29-2023 in Through The Gate


National Good Neighbor Day


There’s a lot to celebrate on National Good Neighbor Day! Since 2004, the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award has been awarded to 178 livestock farmers across Iowa. Each award is a celebration of the good things being done every day on Iowa’s livestock farms.

Know a Good Farm Neighbor? Nominate them at



Silage Piles + Other Feedstuffs: What You Need to Know


Fall is a busy time in Iowa, from harvesting crops, to putting up feedstuffs for the coming year, to baling stalks for bedding. Before chopping silage or other feedstuffs that will be stockpiled, consider potential environmental impacts.

Silage leachate, or seepage from silage piles, bags, bunkers, and silos, is not only an economic loss that negatively impacts your bottom line, but also an environmental concern.






Good Farm Neighbors Across the State


Behounek Family


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig honored Joe and Francine Behounek as Wergin Good Farm Neighbors during a ceremony held on September 2nd, 2023. Joe and Francine, along with help from their daughter Kate Kiebach, grandson Kade Kiebach, and granddaughter Hadley Kiebach, operate Bawnmore Farms in Poweshiek County.





Dolch Family


For over 50 years, Steve Dolch and family have demonstrated their commitment to their land, their livestock, and their community. In recognition of their progressive farming efforts, the Dolch family, of Montgomery County were awarded the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Friday, September 15th.





The Fenceline Podcast


Welcome to Episode 2 of the Fenceline Podcast. Bob Quinn is joined by the first family to receive the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award from Butler County. The Bolins share the history of New Day Dairy and how the operation has also evolved into an agritourism business. Then Secretary Mike Naig joins us to talk about his favorite topic – Iowa agriculture.







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.

Conference registration begins at 9:30am with the first speaker on at 10:00am. The conference concludes at 3:00pm.

This year’s conference, “Rules, Regulations & the Future of Your Farm,” features a dynamic line-up of speakers to help farmers better understand how the new rules and regulations being proposed will impact their livestock farms. The conference will also feature a commodity market outlook, tips on ag financing strategies and an overview of the global ag market. There will also be an update from company representatives that offer unique products and services to farmers that raise livestock and poultry.





In the Industry


Purchase Moore Hamman Bacon

Iowa Pork enters NIL agreement with Iowa State football players Purchase, Moore, Hamann, Bacon


Online BQA Certifications

With 24/7 access to the online courses, you now have the opportunity to learn and get certified when and where it works best for you.




Upcoming Events



October 1 – 31

October is Pork Month! “Celebrate an entire month dedicated to pork and the people behind the product.”

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The Journey to Your Vision Seminar

October 9 & October 24 | Burlington, IA & Storm Lake, IA

Attend this valuable half-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them.


Storm Lake

Fall 2023 U.S. Pork Industry Update and Outlook

October 18

Join the Iowa Farm Bureau as we host Holly Cook – Economist with the National Pork Producers Council as she updates and breaks down the current issues impacting the hog market, including supply, demand, proposition 12, and more!

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BQA Workshop

October 24 | Pilot Grove, IA

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) works to protect consumer confidence in our beef supply and to return more profits to producers. All individuals who have the opportunity to influence the quality and handling of cattle are encouraged to become certified.

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IPIC Sow Summit

November 1 | Ames, IA

The purpose of this 1-day conference is to discuss current research that is poised to influence sow farm productivity in addition to discussion of emerging topics that sow farms are particularly affected by.

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