Bruce and Jenny Wessling, who farm near Grand Junction in Greene County, were awarded the October ‘Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award’ during a ceremony attended by nearly 100 people at their farm on October 31.
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jay Johnson presented the Wesslings with the award in front of family, friends and neighbors.
“It’s a real honor to get recognized for this award,” said Bruce Wessling. “I don’t think we do anything different than any other farmers out here in the country when it comes to raising livestock and crops. Our family tries to do the best job we can every day.”
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors.
The Wesslings raise hogs as well as corn and soybeans. Neighbors Steve and Patty Fisher and Scott and Shiela Hebenstreit nominated the Wessling family for the award for being great examples of how good neighbors take care of the environment and the community. “The Wesslings go above and beyond in taking care of the ground they farm. They prove every day that they are committed to their livestock – they spend countless hours caring for their hogs and managing their farm with the highest of detail,” says Fisher.
“It’s great to recognize a farm family like the Wesslings who are not only great caretakers of their land and livestock, but are also very involved within their community. They are another example of a great farm family that is passionate about agriculture, their neighbors and the community,” said CSIF Executive Director, Brian Waddingham.
The Wesslings were also the first farm family to participate in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers ‘Green Farmstead Partner’ program that encourages farmers to plant trees and shrubs around livestock buildings and feedlots.
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, presented by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Ag Radio Network in partnership with CSIF, is presented nine times annually to an Iowa farm family who raises livestock. It’s given in honor of distinguished WHO Radio farm broadcaster Gary Wergin and recognizes families who take pride in being good neighbors and stewards of the land.
To nominate a deserving livestock farmer or farm family, contact Waddingham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (515) 225-5531.
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock responsibly and successfully. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.
The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.