Rick and Lisa Plowman and family were honored with the 136th Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at their farm in Douds, Iowa. Over 160 friends, family members and industry representatives were in attendance to show support and appreciation for the family.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the award sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and WHO and WMT radio stations.
Family friend and neighbor, Jennifer Gardner nominated the Plowman family for the award. “Plowman’s have taken great care in making sure their operation is sound when it comes to conservation and exceeding DNR requirements,” says Gardner, “they implement the best management practices for manure and pasture management while being diligent to protect the land from run-off and erosion.”
The Plowman’s environmental stewardship, animal husbandry practices and community involvement were highlighted at the award ceremony. “Being a good neighbor is communication. It is your land, but when you talk to the person next to you and give them a heads up on what you’re doing and your needs and wants, it’s easier to work together before the fact than after,” says son Cale Plowman who works with his dad full time as the fifth generation on their family farm.
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, presented by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Ag Radio Network in partnership with CSIF, is awarded to Iowa farm families who raise livestock, and are good neighbors and stewards of the land. The award is given in honor of distinguished late WHO radio farm broadcaster, Gary Wergin.
Information provided by Coalition To Support Iowa Farmers.