Floss elected board president of Iowa livestock coalition

WEST DES MOINES, IA – April 23, 2009 -- Members of Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) board of directors have elected new officers.

Craig Floss, chief executive officer of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, is named president. Rich Degner, executive director of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will serve as CSIF board vice president while Denny Presnall, executive director/secretary-treasurer of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, is elected secretary-treasurer.

Floss has served as a member of the CSIF board since the organization’s launch in May 2004 and says the organization remains dedicated to serving the needs of Iowa’s farm families who raise livestock.

“With the support of our member organizations and many partners, the Coalition is having a direct and positive impact on Iowa agriculture,” Floss says. “In our five years of work, we’ve provided assistance to more than 1,200 families in raising livestock responsibly and successfully — from properly locating new bans and feedlots and implementing best management practices to enhancing neighbor relations and following all rules and regulations.

“Our focus has been at the farm gate, helping families do things right when it comes to raising

livestock, hogs and poultry. That focus will not change.”

Floss says CSIF will also continue to share the story of responsible livestock farming with all

Iowans.

“Research shows that when people are more familiar with what livestock farmers do regarding

animal well being, environmental stewardship and being good neighbors, the more confident and

supportive they are of the families involved in this important way of life. That’s critical given

agriculture’s role in creating and sustaining jobs and keeping farm families active on the land and in their communities.”

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (www.supportfarmers.com) is a joint partnership

involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau

Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Turkey Federation.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides, at no cost, assistance to farmers wanting to

raise livestock responsibly. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436.

Contact:

Aaron Putze, APR

Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

1-800-932-2436 / aputze@supportfarmers.com

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