Family-owned Ferguson Cattle Company was honored last week with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

During the award ceremony, held at the family’s Pocahontas County farm on Aug. 22, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig noted: “The Fergusons are carrying on their family’s legacy while being good stewards of the land. They still make time to mentor the next generation of beef farmers.”

Six family members spanning three generations are involved in the family’s beef operation. The award was presented to farm owners Marvin, Craig and Chance Ferguson.

“Multi-generation family farms are the backbone of Iowa agriculture, and I want to acknowledge the Ferguson family’s commitment and contributions to our state’s beef production,” Naig said.

The Fergusons raise a cow-calf herd, Holstein steers, show cattle and operate a row crop farming operation.

In the award noted, the Fergusons were specifically lauded for their environmental stewardship, animal husbandry and community involvement. By using rotational grazing, the Fergusons prevent their pastures from being overgrazed.

They also have a state-of-the-art livestock facility that aids in manure management.

They were nominated for the Good Farm Neighbor Award by their neighbor John Sobotka.

All three generations of the Ferguson family are active and well-respected in their community.

Marvin is involved in the local chapter of the Kiwanis International service club.

Craig is a member of the Pocahontas County Beef Producers Association. Chance and Craig help with the Pocahontas County Fair, and they are always willing to help the local 4-H club with their beef projects.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in caring for the environment, their livestock and being good neighbors.