Congratulating Good Farm Neighbors

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that Jolene and Kirk Pisel who own and operate JoKir’s Wild Beef in Humboldt County, have been named the winners of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.

Sec. Naig presenting the award at the Gilmore City Café, 317 S. Gilmore St, in Gilmore City live on today's Big Show.  Listen in here:

“Jolene and Kirk care deeply about their animals, the environment and their community. It is an honor to help recognize them and present the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to highlight their work and the important role animal agriculture plays in our state,” Naig said.  At least it looks like everyone is eating week:


The Pisel’s operate a century farm that raises crops and finishes 200-300 head of Black Angus/Angus cross cattle annually. They also operate a retail store on their farm that features their farm raised Black Angus beef, gift baskets, and unique gift items.  A big crowd on hand for today's Big Show:


The family was nominated for the award by Kelsey Upah who has collaborated with the Pisel’s on a number of community projects. In her nomination, Upah highlighted the family’s commitment to animal care and protecting the environment in her nomination form.

Upah also praised the family’s commitment to their community through a number of efforts, including hosting pre-school to 2nd grade students from Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary school on their farm for a “hands-on” math day.

She closed out her nomination saying, “The Pisel family is a family you know you can count on to help with anything. They are some of the most wonderful people in our community and I am blessed to have gotten to know them.”


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.

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