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Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers names new leader

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Brian Waddingham, the new executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers sees the organization delivering the expertise and personalized guidance that Iowa families need to continue or begin raising livestock responsibly and successfully under his watch. Waddingham, formerly the director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, assumed his new post recently.

"The goal is to keep families on the farm and give people an opportunity to return to the farm," says Waddingham. "Livestock farmers face more and more regulations each year and it can be daunting to stay on top of it all. I want farmers to recognize the Coalition as a trusted resource for information about everything from interpreting livestock rules and regulations and strengthening neighbor relations to siting good locations for barns."

With Field Specialist Kent Mowrer and Assistant Field Specialist Rita Cook, Waddingham feels the Coalition possesses the expertise and energy to provide needed assistance to farm families. "The Coalition has helped hundreds of farm families over the years, which has benefitted rural Iowa. There's a reason that Iowa has weathered the economic downturn more than most states and that's because of a strong and vibrant livestock and agriculture sector," he says. "I'm passionate about seeing agriculture flourish in Iowa and am honored to join this great organization."

Prior to joining the Coalition, Waddingham served nine years with the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Among other responsibilities, Waddingham worked in producer communication, assisted the development and execution of the Beef Quality Assurance program and completed a beef quality assurance manual that was adopted for use by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Before joining the Council, the Klemme, Iowa native was the agriculture and FFA instructor at Baxter High School in central Iowa.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 800-932-2436. For more information about the Coalition visit www.supportfarmers.com.



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