Secretary Naig to honor the Haack family with a Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

The O’Brien Co. family will receive the award for outstanding leadership in agriculture

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 29, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will present the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to Daryl and Alyda Haack of O’Brien County. The Haack family will be recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“Since the Haack farm was established over 100 years ago, the family has evolved their farming practices to keep their land sustainable for many years to come,” said Naig. “The family knows the importance of taking care of the land while being involved in the community, making them deserving of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.”

The Haack family has a cow-calf herd and row crop operation near Primghar, Iowa. The century farm has been operated by numerous family members; now Daryl and Alyda’s son, Josh, is continuing the family tradition.

The family is focused on caring for their land so it can provide for the next generation. Their implementation of buffer strips and CRP ground allows them to farm productively while conserving Iowa’s natural resources. They also strip-till corn and no-till beans.

The O’Brien Co. Farm Bureau nominated Daryl and Alyda Haack for this award. Daryl is active in his community; he serves on the O’Brien Co. Farm Bureau board as well as the Iowa Renewable Fuel Board, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Little Sioux Corn Processors board. He also represented Iowa farmers while serving on the National Corn Promotion Board.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award is made possible thanks to financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. This award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in caring for the environment, 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.


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