Congratulations to Mark and Sara Wilcox and their family for being selected as the recipients of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award! The family of Cherokee County was recognized with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award Ceremony on Monday, June 5th at the Cleghorn Community Center. Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, presented the award to the family.
Mark and his wife, Sara, and youngest son, Joe, raise a 70-head milking herd of registered Holsteins and a little over 800 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and mixed pasture on their Century Farm near Marcus.
From on-farm tours to local leadership roles, the Wilcox family understands the longevity of their farm hinges on good communication and the strength of their relationships within their community.
“When you live in rural Iowa you’ve got to be able to communicate, and because of the nature of having livestock it’s incumbent upon us as we’re out here to explain what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” says Mark. “You’ve got to be able to express your story.” Check out the video the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers put together by clicking here. You can also view the full press release from the Coalition by clicking here.
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right, and go above and beyond as environmental stewards and animal caretakers. It is an opportunity to tell the story of responsible livestock farming in Iowa, and highlight the families who make it so successful.
The award, presented by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Ag Radio Network, is made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. It’s named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who created the award.