The Iowa Turkey Federation is the seventh member organization to join the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, a group dedicated to helping farm families raise livestock, dairy and poultry responsibly and successfully.
The ITF, headquartered in Ames, joins the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association and the Iowa Soybean Association as member organizations supporting the non-partisan, not-for-profit Coalition.
"Iowa's turkey growers are an important part of the state's agricultural community and have always supported the mission and goals of the Coalition," says ITF President Robert Achen, who raises turkeys near Wayland in Henry County. "The time was right to become a more active partner in the Coalition's work to grow Iowa's communities one farmer and one neighbor at a time.
Iowa ranks 9th in turkey production
"We are proud to be a member of the Coalition and look forward to working more closely with the organization to grow our farms for the betterment of our rural communities, economy and quality of life," Achen adds.
Iowa's turkey growers rank ninth nationally in production while the state ranks fifth in turkey processing. Annually, turkeys raised in Iowa consume 10 million bushels of corn and 110,000 tons of soybean meal. Raising turkeys also contributes nearly $200 million to Iowa's economy.
CSIF Board President and Iowa Poultry Association Chief Executive Officer Kevin Vinchattle says the addition of the ITF to the Coalition's team demonstrates the shared approach Iowa's agricultural community has taken to sustain the growth of one of the state's most vital industries.
"CSIF's member organizations represent a broad cross section of Iowa agriculture and issues important to rural communities," Vinchattle says. "However, we all recognize the fundamental role livestock, dairy and poultry farming plays in the overall health and well-being of our state, from creating jobs to providing the funds needed for better roads and schools."
CSIF offers free consulting for livestock farms
There are nearly 88,000 farms in Iowa. USDA reports that the value of commodities grown and raised on these farms totals $20 billion. Livestock and livestock products account for nearly half of that productivity.
The Coalition, launched in 2004, has provided assistance to nearly 1,000 farm families. This includes selecting good locations for new livestock farms, implementing environmental safeguards to protect air and water quality, following all rules and regulations and enhancing relations with neighbors. The CSIF does not lobby or develop policy.
Farmers wanting assistance with livestock and poultry expansion and location issues in Iowa are encouraged to contact the Coalition at 800-932-2436. There is no cost for CSIF services.