Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award

DES MOINES — Robb and Jennifer Ewoldt received the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award in July.

In the past year, the Ewoldts have installed a bioreactor and have invested in an increased amount of cover crop acres, according to a Department of Agriculture news release. They often mentor other farmers and encourage the adoption of land stewardship practices, including filter strips and cover crops.

Robb and Jennifer understand the importance of animal husbandry. They are certified in Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance training. As a DVM, Jennifer works with local farm families and writes a bi-weekly column in their local newspaper. Robb is involved as a board member for the Iowa Soybean Association and recently wrapped up a decade of serving on the local Farm Bureau board.

The family was nominated for the award by Amy Nelson, a friend and community member in Scott County.

“This farm is a perfect description of a family in action,” writes Nelson. “In every area of family and farm life they exemplify good neighbors.”

Their two boys, Alex and Issac, were recently featured the book “My Family’s Soybean Farm” created and distributed by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. The family hosts an annual event on their farm, “Picnic in the Pasture,” an open house for all families and community members to experience their farm firsthand.

The award, supported of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers.