Coalition To Support Iowa Farmers Offers Internship

Coalition To Support Iowa Farmers Offers Internship

The Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers has established a summer internship to help provide support services for Iowa's livestock and poultry farmers, helping them comply with environmental regulations and other rules. CSIF has hired Caleb Lundberg for this summer's position.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers is proud to announce that Caleb Lundberg will be the summer intern working at CSIF this year. Lundberg's position will further enhance CSIF's service to Iowa's livestock and poultry farmers, says Brian Waddingham, executive director of the organization.

Lundberg will assist PFI in conducting farmer education and outreach activities. This includes coordinating farm open houses and ribbon cuttings as well as helping promote and conduct farm tours and other special events.

Lundberg is a senior at Iowa State University where he is majoring in Agriculture Education. He grew up on a family farm near the northeast Iowa town of Floyd and was very active in the Charles City FFA program. "I'm extremely excited to be part of the Coalition team and to continue its service to farmers and the advocacy it provides to families involved in raising livestock," Lundberg says.

CSIF offers advisory service free to farmers producing livestock

CSIF is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization launched in 2004. Member organizations include the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Turkey Federation and the Midwest Dairy Association.

The Coalition has assisted nearly 1,500 farm families who raise livestock, dairy and poultry choose good sites for new barns and feedlots, follow all rules and regulations, protect air and water quality and enhance neighbor and community relations. The organization does not lobby or develop policy.

Farmers wanting assistance are encouraged to contact the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farms at 800-932-2436 or go to www.supportfarmers.com. There is no cost to farmers for participating in CSIF's services. 

Survey shows future strengthened by FFA and agricultural youth

A survey this spring sponsored by CSIF of over 200 Iowa FFA members finds that an increasing majority of them want to farm and live in Iowa upon completing their education. They also have an extremely positive outlook about agriculture and the opportunities agriculture can provide to those people who are willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.

The findings, garnered from a survey conducted by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers at the recent 2011 Iowa FFA Conference held in Des Moines on April 14-15, highlights the exceptional role agriculture can play in helping Iowa retain some of its best and brightest young people while reinforcing the importance of high school agricultural education programs.

Farmers wanting assistance from CSIF are encouraged to contact the Coalition at 800-932-2436 or go to www.supportfarmers.com. Also, you can go to that website to read the results of the entire 2011 FFA survey.

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