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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

NORVAL AND ESTHER MOSHER FROM MARSHALL COUNTY NAMED WERGIN GOOD FARM NEIGHBOR AWARD WINNERS
Award to be presented August 25 at the Liscomb Community Center

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that Norval and Esther Mosher from Marshall County have been named the winners of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.  The Mosher Angus Farm is home to three generations who are working together to continue a tradition of raising cattle, sheep, corn, soybeans and hay.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will present the award to the family on Friday, Aug. 25 at the Liscomb Community Center, 114 Main St., in Liscomb.  The “Big Show,” which airs on both WHO and WMT radio, will broadcast live from the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“The Mosher family has three generations on the farm, working together to care for their animals, protect the environment and serve their neighbors and community.  It is great to be able to present this deserving family with the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award,” Northey said.

The family was nominated for the award by their neighbor and landlord BJ Hoffman.  In his nomination, he highlighted the family’s care for their animals, saying the family doesn’t just care for their animals, they “build a relationship with their stock.”  He also highlighted their commitment to protecting the environment and serving the community.  The family has also been very involved with the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, 4-H, Angus Breeders Association and several other organizations.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

Anyone interested in nominating their neighbor for the award should write a letter or e-mail explaining why their neighbor should receive this designation.  Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 or emailed to Communications@iowaAgriculture.gov.  They can also visit the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers website to submit a nomination electronically at http://www.supportfarmers.com/programs/wergin-good-farm-neighbor-award.

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