NATIONAL AG WEEK: O'Brien County pig farmers honored for environmental efforts

Heemstras earn IPPA's 2023 Iowa Environmental Steward Award


March 21, 2024


Lori and Dennis Heemstra own a 3,300-head wean-to-finish site east of Primghar and they also farm about 700 acres of corn and soybeans.

When it comes to keeping the land and climate healthy, Dennis Heemstra doesn't believe they do anything more than other farmers. Yet, he and his wife Lori are continually looking for ways to minimize their environmental impact.

"God gave us just this earth to live on," he says, "and we want to leave it better than where we started."

The rural Primghar farmers were recently honored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association with the 2023 Iowa Environmental Steward Award for their continuous efforts to minimize their environmental impact and improve the health of the land and climate. The Heemstr...

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