Iowa livestock producers received a much-needed boost last week. A coalition of farm and commodity groups announced they have joined together to help livestock producers improve their image, comply with environmental regulations and handle lawsuits.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is a joint effort of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association and the Iowa Soybean Association.

The group will offer producers a variety of resources including technical help in planning and siting a new facility, developing a nutrient management plan, training in public relations to improve neighbor relations and media training.

Des Moines Register