Dickinson County farm receives 'good neighbor' award

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Dave and Sharee Green and their two daughters raise cattle and also grow row-crops and alfalfa on their feedlot farm outside of Milford. The family earned the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award for its impact on the environment and community.

Each day Dave and Sharee Green care for more than 1,000 head of cattle on their feedlot and farm just outside of Milford.

Dave Green said what he does is nothing special, but others in Dickinson County think differently.

The Green family was named the winner of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award. The award is designed to recognize Iowa livestock producers who also have a positive impact in their community and environment.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the things that we do," Dave Green said. "We are just trying to do a good job of farming with our livestock and crops."

Dave Green said he tries to be environmentally conscious to help preserve the land for his children. His farm contains all the manure from the feedlot to eliminate the chance of runoff. The Greens also try to prevent chemicals from getting into the soil and monitor the health of livestock on their farm, with neighboring producers in mind.

"We have everything engineered so the runoff goes to a certain area," Dave Green said. "It's all contained, every drop. We are also applying a specific amount of manure to the ground so it's not overloading the soil."

Dave Green speaks on the behalf of the Dickinson County Friends of Agriculture to help inform the public about what farmers are doing to help the environment.

"I think a lot of people have a misconception on manure and livestock," Dave Green said. "It isn't like the old days, though. We monitor everything now. Everything is well documented."

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association nominated the Green family for the award. A committee with members from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers and 1040 WHO radio selected the Dickinson County farmers to receive the honor.

"We try to spread it around the state," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. "We want to be able to recognize people in different places, but we try to make sure different kinds of producers are picked as well. In this case, it was a beef producer who is doing great work in northwest Iowa."

The Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers sponsored the award. It's named in the memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO radio farm broadcaster who helped with its creation.

Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will present the award to the Green family next week, on the "Big Show." The program will air on both WHO and WMT at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 and will broadcast from the Milford Community Building located at 806 North Avenue.

"The radio will interview the family and interview the nominators," Northey said. "I'm not able to be there, but they will talk to my deputy Mike Naig. It will focus on the family and how important livestock production is financially and culturally to Iowa."

Nominations for the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award may be sent to the Iowa Department of Agriculture or emailed to communications@iowaagriculture.gov.

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