Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA)

Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA)

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โ€œThe show must go on.โ€

- Steve Swenka
Tiffin, Iowa cattle farmer (and Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA) member)

Itโ€™s game day on the farm too! When the temperature drops to sub-zero levels, farmers like Steve and his son Will (pictured here) put in extra work to keep their livestock well fed and comfortable.

Thanks to the Swenkas for sharing this photo with us this morning! Stay safe out there, everyone!
Scouting fields (as shown in this recent photo), feeding his chickens and helping with the harvest โ€“ 5-year-old Rowen Neary already knows what it means to be part of a family farm.

Rowen loves helping his parents (Andy and Sarah) farm in Johnson County (just outside of Tiffin), and his parents say that he already has aspirations of farming when he grows up.

The Nearys are also active Farm Bureau members. Sarah serves on the Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA) board, and both she and Andy have attended Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Conference for the past four years. (In fact, the shirt Rowen's wearing in this photo comes from a past Young Farmer Conference).

Thank you to the Nearys for sharing this photo with us and for continuing Iowa's proud family farm legacy!

#FarmStrong
Congrats to Heath Blomquist of Guthrie County, Laura Cunningham of Floyd County, and Kate Edwards of Johnson County for being named winners of the ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ˆ๐จ๐ฐ๐š ๐…๐š๐ซ๐ฆ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฎ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐…๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐! ๐Ÿ‘ โฌ‡๏ธ

Floyd County Farm Bureau, Guthrie County Farm Bureau, Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA)
We are looking forward to seeing Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA) again this year at the Celebration of Ag.

Johnson County Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization committed to serving Johnson County residents and the farmers who feed them. We actively support youth and education, health care programs, agricultural legislative issues, and rural development.

Johnson County Farm Bureau
2130 Mormon Trek Blvd
Iowa City, IA 52246

Phone: (319) 351-6885
FAX: (319) 351-4659

Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00-5:00

Operating as usual

Photos from Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA)'s post 09/06/2021

Tim Burns memorial tractor parade with #1206 leading the route, had a great turn out and lots of refurbished IH tractors. Tim volunteered many times to pull the JC Farm Bureau float at Sharon Center and Hills 4th of July parades. Many receive his kindness. Tim was #Farm Strong.

07/27/2021

A Big Thank You to National Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador Katelyn Katie Folkmann and National Ms. United States Agriculture Mollie Upton for managing the Farm Bureau booth at the Johnson County Fair Monday afternoon.

Photos from Katelyn Folkmann - 2021 National Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador's post 07/05/2021

It was our privilege to host Miss Katie Folkmann on our float today!

06/08/2021

Steak and Dairy give-away planned for June

The month of June is a great time for grilling and Johnson County Farm Bureau, Johnson County Cattlemen, Prairie Farms, and select Johnson County grocery stores will be offering the chance to win a four pack of steaks.

Each Tuesday in the month of June, one winner at each location will win a four pack of steaks. The Fareway locations will have T-Bone steaks for their winners and Samโ€™s Main Street Market in Solon will have Ribeye steaks. Stores participating in the steak give-away are: Fareway locations in Iowa City, North Liberty and Tiffin; Hy-Vee in North Liberty; Samโ€™s Main Street Market in Solon.

Along with the steaks, Prairie Farms coupons will also be given to winners at the Iowa City and North Liberty Fareway locations and Samโ€™s Main Street Market.

To enter the contest, visit one of the participating locations and fill out the entry slip located at the meat counter. No purchase is necessary and winners will be contacted via phone.

02/14/2021

Before tackling chores in these sub-zero temperatures, farmers add extra layers of clothing, gloves, and head covering; they also make sure their pickups and tractors are warmed, filled with gas and in good running order.

Cattle don't have those options. How do they cope when thermometer readings take a nosedive?

Animal scientists report cows typically remain comfortable at readings even as low as 20 degrees. Cattle have special physical characteristics that help maintain their body temperature. Equipped with a thick hide, in Iowa's cold winter climate, they will naturally grow a heavy hair coat. If they are in good health and have had plenty of feed throughout the year, a layer of fat below their skin helps provide insulation. As ruminants, they produce heat as part of their digestive process. Plus, their natural instinct is to seek relief from the wind. If available, they will head for a windbreak, either man-made or natural. They realize that sticking together increases survival and form a huddle, trapping heat that can be utilized by the entire group.

When faced with the type of low temperatures we are experiencing at present, producers must take additional measures to keep their cattle safe. Keeping warm, whether it's your house or your livestock, requires extra energy. For cow-calf producers, that means providing more feed (and yes, more expense). The usual winter hay and corn silage diet may need to be supplemented with a high energy feedstuff, like corn or distillers grains. Because rumen heat production peaks about 6 hours after cattle are fed, experts recommend feeding late in the day. This would allow the highest internal heat production for the cows during the coldest period of the day, usually the dark, overnight hours.

Many farmers provide a layer of bedding on the ground to minimize heat loss from the animals to the frozen ground below. Unrolled corn stalk bales make an economical ground cover that helps cattle maintain their body temperatures. Feeding unrolled hay on the ground instead of inside a ring or hay feeder is another option that supplies an additional layer of insulation from the ground.

Remember that access to water is vital for cows in all types of weather, including during the coldest days of winter. Farmers typically check the water source for cattle several times a day when enduring a โ€œdeep freeze.โ€ In severe cold, even water heaters might not be able to prevent the water from freezing. Thawing the water source is a crucial task that can easily require more time and energy from livestock producers and caregivers.

A huge thank you to the Iowa farmers working outside in these frigid conditions. They are dedicated to ensuring their cowsโ€™ needs are being met. That ultimately translates into providing the safe, high quality beef we eat.

Photos from Iowa Farm Bureau's post 01/26/2021

Photos from Iowa Farm Bureau's post

08/01/2020

www.supportfarmers.com

https://www.supportfarmers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/JOHNSON_Iowa-Ag-Intel.pdf

supportfarmers.com

07/04/2020

4th in Oxford, thank you Will for pulling us. Steve Swenka & Amy, Marianne & Dewayne Klouda, Norm Ziskovsky, Jeret Jiras, Randy & Kathy Swenka

01/24/2020
kcrg.com 12/26/2019

Farmers hard at work on Christmas

https://www.kcrg.com/video/?vid=566489652

kcrg.com While many people are able to take the day off from work on Christmas, there are those who must keep to the grindstone, and they include farmers

kwwl.com 12/20/2019

After pushback and public debate new Johnson County ordinance on farmland use approved - KWWL

https://kwwl.com/2019/12/19/after-pushback-and-public-debate-new-johnson-county-ordinance-on-farmland-use-approved/

kwwl.com The ordinance was passed with two supervisors against, Lisa Green-Douglas and Janelle Rettig, while Pat Heiden, Royceann Porter, and Rod Sullivan voted for it.

cbs2iowa.com 12/11/2019

USMCA deal brings encouraging signs to those in farming and manufacturing industry

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/usmca-deal-brings-encouraging-signs-to-those-in-farming-and-manufacturing-industry

cbs2iowa.com The announcement of an agreement on the modified North American trade pact (NAFTA) is causing those in the farming and agriculture industries and state and national leaders to breathe a sigh of relief. While the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement deal still has to be approved by the House of Repr...

let-us-farm.myshopify.com 12/07/2019

Let Us Farm

If you would like to order a JC t-shirt https://let-us-farm.myshopify.com/

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iowafarmbureau.com 12/06/2019

Johnson County is Trying to Control Your Farm โ€“ Take Action!

This is your ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š to protect our farms from a burdensome ordinance being proposed by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

While the supervisors have approved some changes to the proposed ordinance (based on feedback from farmers around the county), the proposed ordinance would still require an application and county approval of new farm buildings and structures, deny โ€œfarmingโ€ status to some small farms, limit the ability of farmers to raise livestock, assess civil fines or criminal penalties for noncompliance, and more.

๐™‹๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง 15 โฌ‡๏ธ to tell the supervisors that you do NOT support the regulation of agriculture in the proposed Johnson County Unified Development Ordinance.

iowafarmbureau.com The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is considering a zoning ordinance that could back your farm into a corner, by requiring county approval of new farm buildings and structures.

thegazette.com 11/29/2019

Johnson County rules threaten family farms

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/johnson-county-rules-threaten-family-farms-20191128

thegazette.com As a 4th generation farmer raising grain and cattle in Johnson County, I know there is a lot of support for agriculture in Eastern Iowa. In fact, I see it almost every time I stop in town to get gas or take my family out to supper. It's emblazoned on black and gold shirts: America Needs Farmers.

iowafarmbureau.com 11/21/2019

Johnson County is Trying to Control Your Farm โ€“ Take Action!

https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/County-Issues/Johnson-County-is-Trying-to-Control-Your-Farm-Take-Action

iowafarmbureau.com The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is considering a zoning ordinance that could back your farm into a corner, by requiring county approval of new farm buildings and structures.

11/21/2019

Wild Woods Farm

I got to hang out on a news set tonight and talk about farming! Pretty cool to represent young farmers in Iowa!

11/14/2019

Dear Johnson County Farm Bureau Member,

The Johnson County Unified Ordinance (UDO) is reaching the final stage before becoming approved. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will be holding their public hearing regarding this 299 page document at their meeting December 5th at 9:00 AM at the Health and Human Services Building room 203 B/C located at 855 South Dubuque St.

Thank you to everyone that provided comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission at the two public hearings or at the four listening posts attended by the BOS. With your help the vast majority of the negative regulations regarding agriculture have been recommended for removal by the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the BOS will be starting with the original version that will regulate agriculture by determining who qualifies for the agricultural exemption. By Iowa State Code the BOS does not have to accept the recommended changes.

Again, thank you for your support of agriculture but the most important leg of this defense of agriculture journey lies ahead of us.

Johnson County Farm Bureau

11/14/2019

Peterson Farm Bros

Best farm jokes we've herd! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ

10/17/2019

Animal Save Movement

Adorable

Their love is pure, they don't know they are different.

10/17/2019

Sioux Steel Company

This week, National Grain and Feed Association kicked off #HarvestSafetyWeek, a week designed to help educate on the important safety precautions that should be taken during a busy #harvest. Visit imis.ngfa.org/safety for safety tips to help make #harvest19 a safer one.

#SafetyFirst #SiouxSteel #ngfa #grainsafety #workplacesafety #agriculture

10/11/2019

Iowa Farm Bureau

Thank you Steve Swenka

America Needs Farmers like Steve Swenka of Tiffin (who took time to chat with us at the ANF press conference earlier this week).

Remember, youโ€™ll have the opportunity to visit with more than 30 farmers like Steve when you visit the ANF Legends Tent (in the Krause Family Plaza just south of Kinnick) this Saturday! Theyโ€™re looking forward to meeting you!

Hawkeye Football Iowa Hawkeyes Kroul Farms

10/10/2019

Photos from Johnson County Farm Bureau (IA)'s post

10/04/2019
09/24/2019

FFA float at Clear Creek Amana home coming!

02/05/2019
08/27/2018

4H Promo

From leader Kimberly Martin

4-H info for Tiffin area (grades 4-12)

The group is Victory 4H, they meet on the second Sunday of every month at Grace Church in Tiffin from 1-3pm. Normally the Octorber meeting is "new member" night, but I would encourage new members to come to our September meeting. September is our meeting to discuss the up coming new year, set some goals, set up our caledar for the year, set activites for the year and so forth.

For the September meeting, members should come with ideas of what they want to experice this year, Projects they are intrested in, and Projects they plan on doing for the year.

The monthly meeting usually has a specfic activity for the kids, discuss up coming events, discuss project areas, maybe work on a specific project depeding on the month.
So, new members....
Victory 4H
September 9th
1-3pm
Grace Church in Tiffin
Contact Kimberly Martin319-541-8528 or [email protected].

This video is a promotional video for 4H

08/01/2018
07/27/2018

Simulator

07/27/2018

Trying the tractor simulator

07/27/2018

More animals in the heritage barn

07/27/2018

Animals in the heritage barn

07/27/2018

Kids day

07/27/2018

More kids day

07/27/2018

Our volunteers for kids day!

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Stationary Baler demonstration, Johnson County Fair
Bill Stockman's New Holland baler in action

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