A Howard County farm family has become the latest recipient of the “Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.”
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the 135th such award to Tim and Diana Huhe on May 30 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The presentation was broadcast live by the “Big Show,” which airs on both WHO and WMT radio.
Nearly 100 friends, family members and industry representatives were in attendance to show support and appreciation for the family. The Huhes have a dairy herd and raise beef, pork, sheep and crops on their rural Cresco farm.
“The Huhe family operates a diverse, multi-generation farm that is committed to providing the best possible care for their animals, protecting the environment and serving their community,” Naig said in presenting the award.
The Huhe’s environmental stewardship, animal husbandry practices and community involvement were highlighted at the ceremony. Upon accepting the award, Tim Huhe shared with attendees that the award isn’t personal, it goes to everyone who has worked to make his operation what it is today.
“No matter where you’re at and what you’re involved in, it takes a group effort to make anything successful,” Huhe said.
Family friend Mariah Schmitt nominated the Huhe family for the award.
“Combine the words dairy and leadership and you get Tim Huhe,” Schmitt wrote. “Tim’s diversified agriculture background and bright personality make him the ideal advocate for agriculture and role model for all Iowa farmers.”
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, named in honor of the late WHO radio farm broadcaster Gary Wergin, is presented by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Ag Radio Network in partnership with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. The award is presented to Iowa farm families who raise livestock, and are good neighbors and stewards of the land.