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IOWA FARM BUREAU’S RENEW RURAL IOWA ENTREPRENEUR OF MONTH AWARD HONORS LDJ MANUFACTURING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Friday, 06 July 2012 10:25

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 5, 2012 – A love for farming and serving farmers has earned LDJ Manufacturing in Pella the Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa entrepreneur of the month award.

“We’ve always loved agriculture and it’s always been a part of our lives,” explained Loren Van Wyk, founder of the fuel and service trailer manufacturing business. “We’ve also always loved to build things and improve things to make farming a better way of life.”

After farming for a number of years in Marion County, Loren and his wife, Jean, started LDJ Manufacturing in 1995; building and selling trailers that could deliver fuel to farm equipment in the field. But, after carefully listening to their customers, the Van Wyks enhanced their units to allow the trailers to deliver fuel and offer storage for generators, tools, welders and more.

“Every farmer has had a dream about having a shop in the field,” said Luke Van Wyk, Loren’s son and LDJ general manager. “We knew we could improve our products and meet those needs in a nice, neat package.”

The company employs 61 people and is growing, bringing additional jobs and revenue to the area. The Van Wyks credit many partners with their success, including Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service.  The company was nominated for the award by the Iowa Area Development Group and Pella Electric Cooperative, two businesses assisting with LDJ’s current expansion.

Mary Van Zante, a Pella-area farmer and Marion County Farm Bureau president, applauds the service LDJ Manufacturing provides to farmers and the jobs created for the county. “I believe that LDJ Manufacturing is the sort of company that any rural community would be happy to welcome,” she said.

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. To learn more, visit www.renewruraliowa.com.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online Newsroom page at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
IOWA FARM BUREAU CALLS FOR EXCELLENCE IN AG AWARD NOMINATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:42

Award honors achievement, leadership, commitment to ag, community

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 3, 2012 – It’s one thing to succeed in agriculture and another to be honored for excellence. Each year, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) recognizes one young farmer with the Excellence in Ag Award at the IFBF annual meeting in December.

Counties can nominate young Farm Bureau members online at www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the Bob Joslin Award link. Nominations are due Aug. 31.

The award celebrates a young farmer who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities in Farm Bureau, agriculture and his/her community. Jay Lynch, a grain farmer from Humboldt, was last year’s winner.

“It’s quite an honor, especially because I give Farm Bureau a lot of credit for getting me actively involved,” Lynch said. “Hopefully, I’ll have done enough good to offset some of what they’ve given to me.”

The Joslin Award winner receives a plaque, a $750 gift card from GROWMARK and expense-paid trips to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Nashville, the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago and the IFBF Young Farmer conference in West Des Moines.

The Excellence in Ag Award is given in memory of Bob Joslin, who served as IFBF president from January 1986 to December 1987 and was known for his support and encouragement of young farmers.

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AMERICA NEEDS FARMERS WELCOMES DALLAS CLARK TO THE TEAM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:42

Former Hawkeye standout, NFL playmaker supports ANF

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 2, 2012 – Dallas Clark, a small-town Iowa boy who’s made it big in the National Football League, is teaming up with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the University of Iowa (UI) to promote the America Needs Farmers (ANF) campaign.

It’s all about Iowa pride for Clark.

“I really respect and have a lot of pride in the values that farmers have, and the values of Iowa and the values of community, and that’s what Farm Bureau represents,” said Clark, a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. “I’m thrilled to be part of this initiative and believe in the importance of farming and the effects it has on our communities and the world.”

Clark joins an impressive list of former Hawkeye players who support ANF, a campaign launched by legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry in 1985 during the Farm Crisis. The ANF emblem is displayed on Hawkeye football players’ helmets today.

With most people two to three generations removed from the family farm, IFBF and UI joined forces to promote the ANF message and talk to consumers about the food, fuel and fiber raised by farmers.

The ANF campaign continues to create excitement with the 2012 Hawkeye football season drawing closer.

  • ANF, Iowa football players and farmers will be featured at Farm Bureau Park, located on the Grand Concourse at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 9-19. Visitors can register for prizes, play games and learn more about farming.
  • “ANF Day at Kinnick” will be held Oct. 20 at the Iowa versus Penn State night game.  The day will feature pre-game events featuring Iowa farmers and an autograph session with former Hawkeye greats.
  • Kinnick Stadium visitors can see ANF Plaza and the Wall of Fame, located between the stadium’s west grandstand and the north grandstand.
  • ANF merchandise is for sale at www.bravosportsmarketing.com. Farm Bureau members can take advantage of special discounts throughout the year at www.iowafarmbureau.com.
  • The website www.AmericaNeedsFarmers.org features fun facts, trivia, ANF events and comments from former University of Iowa football players who proudly wore the ANF on their game helmets during their playing days at the UI.

 

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Branstad names Steven K. Ferguson executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:46

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named Steven K. Ferguson the new executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority. Ferguson begins his new position on Monday, July 9.

Ferguson most recently served as the director of international programs at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He has also worked at Bankers Trust in Des Moines, F&M Bank in Newton, the American Soybean Association, USDA Rural Development and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

“Steven will be a tremendous executive director, and brings with him significant skills gained in a variety of different financial and agricultural positions,” said Branstad.

The Iowa Agricultural Development Authority was created by the Iowa General Assembly in 1980 to provide financial assistance to Iowa’s grain and livestock producers.

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Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds release statements on farm inspections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Governor's Office   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:05

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, today, issued statements commending Department of Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble for stopping illegal farm inspections.

Commissioner Noble issued an order on June 22, 2012 making it clear that his department would not conduct farm inspections, except as required by Iowa law. Inspections of farm homes and farm buildings open to the public will continue as required by law.

On January 23rd of this year, Gov. Branstad formally objected to an overbearing rule by the Electrical Examining Board mandating farm inspections by regulation, even though Iowa law does not require them.

Governor Branstad released the following statement:

“The Electrical Examining Board went beyond their statutory authority. Their overreaching rule required a state inspection for any electrical work on farm buildings or structures, even though the legislature provided a common sense exception for farmers in the law. This rule is unnecessary and costly, and it was created by a board that did not have the authority to create it. This power-grab by the Electrical Examining Board hurts hard-working Iowa farmers and the Iowa economy,” said Branstad.

“I am glad that that DPS has taken this action to stop this regulatory overreach that hurts hard-working Iowa farmers.  Iowa farmers have safely conducted electrical work on their barns, grain bins and outbuildings for years.  They’ve hired experienced electrical contractors and licensed professionals who don’t need the state looking over their shoulders. Overreaching regulation by the Electrical Examining Board hasn’t changed that.  Farmers still have qualified people do their electrical work.  But, the rule added another significant expense to farmers’ projects and caused delays lasting days or weeks that are especially costly when livestock are involved—or during busy times of the crop year. Now, with the action by Commissioner Noble, it is clear that these overreaching inspections will no longer be forced on farmers.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement:

“Over-reaching rules hurt economic opportunities in agriculture and job growth in Iowa. Our administration is committed to regulatory reform. We know that small businesses, including farmers, are the greatest generators of job growth and are also disproportionately burdened by regulations. I applaud today’s action by Commissioner Noble.”

The full text of the Governor’s Objection can be found below:

January 23, 2012

Commissioner Larry Noble

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Headquarters Building

215 E . 7th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

Dear Commissioner Noble:

I object to the portions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 661-551.2 and 661-552.1 which regulate electrical installations on farms as defined in Iowa Code §103.1.  These filings were adopted by the Electrical Examining Board and published as part of ARC 7346B in XXXI IAB 11 (11-19-2008) and ARC 8396B in XXXII IAB 13 (12-16-2009), respectively.

The Electrical Examining Board has gone beyond their statutory authority.  Iowa Code chapter 103 does not grant authority to the Electrical Examining Board to adopt rules to regulate electrical installations on farms by requiring a request for an inspection, a permit and/or an inspection. I find that the Electrical Examining Board went beyond the authority delegated to the agency when it included farm electrical installations within the definition of a “commercial installation” in Iowa Admin. Code r. 661-551.2.  I further object to that portion of the second sentence of exception 1 to Iowa Admin. Code r. 661-552.1(1) which requires a state electrical permit and/or an electrical inspection for a farm electrical installation as it is beyond the delegated authority of the agency.

The permit and inspection requirements for electrical installations on farms are unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for several reasons.  These rules increase the regulatory burden on farms and farmers.   This power-grab by the Electrical Examining Board hurts hard-working Iowa farmers.  It leads to unwanted government intrusion.  It imposes the very costs on farmers that the legislature intended to protect them from when it created common-sense exemption for farmers.  (2007 Iowa Acts, chapter 197).  This rule hurts the opportunity of hard-working Iowa farmers to earn a living, free from undue bureaucratic interference.  These over-reaching rules harm economic opportunities in agriculture and job growth in Iowa.

The portions of the Iowa Administrative Code r. 661-551.2 and 661-552.1 as described herein, are deemed to be unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise beyond the authority delegated to the agency.  This letter constitutes notification of my objection to the above referenced rules as required by Iowa Code §17A.4(6).

Certified as a true and correct copy of my objection this 23rd day of January 2012, by:




Terry E. Branstad, Governor

 
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