A staff member of the Iowa Beef Industry Council has been selected as the new executive director of the Iowa Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. Brian Waddingham, who has been IBIC's director of industry relations for the past nine years, moved to CSIF effective December 13. At IBIC, Waddingham worked in the areas of producer communication, checkoff collection and compliance, coordination of research projects at Iowa State University, and the development and execution of the Beef Quality Assurance program. As the new head of CSIF, he looks forward to working with all facets of Iowa agriculture, particularly farmers who produce livestock and poultry, as CSIF helps livestock farmers comply with environmental regulations and helps keep families on the farm. "The coalition has very worthy goals, and it is a great organization to work with, as are the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association," he adds. "Now I'll be working with pork, poultry and dairy producers, too -- all of Iowa's livestock producers, not just beef producers."
Helping Iowa livestock producers comply with regulations
What are some of the challenges confronting Iowa livestock producers? What does Waddingham see ahead that producers should be aware of? "It's still going to be critical that farmers who produce livestock or poultry of any kind, before they expand production or build facilities, they must be conscious of their neighbors and establish and keep up good neighbor relations," he says.
There's no shortage of rules and regulations that continue to be issued by both the state and federal government. "Anytime CSIF can help a farmer comply with regulations, or with deciding where it is best to site or build a new livestock building, that's what we are here for," he adds. "We can put them in contact with an expert, whether it be on designing a new building or any type of structure to be built, the coalition is here to help you."
Animal agriculture is very important to the Iowa economy
Aaron Putze recently resigned as head of CSIF to go to work for the Iowa Soybean Association, opening up the spot for Waddingham to move to CSIF. Waddingham is known for the good job he did with the Iowa Beef Industry Council, and he says it was tough to leave IBIC.
He notes, "You build up good relationships with cattle farmers themselves, auction markets, veterinarians and others involved in the beef industry. What made my move to CSIF a little easier was my knowing that I'm going to be able to continue those relationships in my new role, and I have a solid base out there to network with, and have some good expertise to lean on for this new venture.
"Animal agriculture is very important to the state of Iowa and our state's economy," says Waddingham. "It's an honor to help serve livestock and poultry producers by working for the Coalition To Support Iowa's Farmers." For more information about the coalition, go to www.supportiowasfarmers.org.