The current past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and his family are the most recent recipients of the "Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award."
Dave and Elaine Struthers and their four children recently received the award from Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig at the family's Collins-area farm. About 100 family, friends and neighbors attended the presentation and free pork luncheon served by the Story County Pork Producers.
The Struthers have a farrow-to-finish hog business and also raise corn and soybeans on their family farm. They were nominated for the award by Jamie Waddingham, the Collins-Maxwell ag education instructor.
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture announced the award earlier this month, noting that the Struthers family "do things right" on the farm, not only in how they care for their animals but also in their community service activities on the local and state level.
"I always enjoy recognizing deserving families like the Struthers and highlighting them as a great example of the types of livestock farms and livestock farmers we have all across the state," Northey said.
Struthers has been involved on committees at Collins-Maxwell Community School, has brought piglets to the elementary school, and has hosted elementary classes on his farm.He also has worked with the Collins-Maxwell FFA by providing land for a seed test plot and allowed them to use his pigs as practice for livestock judging. In addition, he participates in the Collins Area People On Old Tractors (CAPOOT) tractor ride.
Struthers is a Story County Pork Producers member. He has been on the IPPA Board of Directors since 2009 and served as president of the association in 2015.He also is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation member and won the organization's Outstanding Young Farmer award in 2001.
The "Big Show," which airs on both WHO and WMT radio, did live interviews during the presentation event.
The "Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award," made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.
Anyone interested in nominating their neighbor for the award should write a letter or e-mail explaining why their neighbor should receive this designation.Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 ore-mailed to[email protected].