Farm family hosts new hog barn open house

05-23-2012 in Hogs

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – May 23, 2012 – Families, neighbors and community members are invited to attend an open house and complimentary lunch Tuesday, June 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Eric and Emily Crosman farm outside of Ogden. The Crosman family will offer tours of their new barn, explain how they raise livestock and showcase new technology and environmental safeguards they are using.

The farm is located at 547 260th Street, Ogden, Iowa.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Cargill Pork LLC, Quality Ag, Inc., Iowa Pork Producers Association, Boone County Pork Producers and City State Bank, an office of Ames Community Bank.

“This farm has been in my family for five generations and I’m proud to keep the tradition going and contribute to our community,” said Eric Crosman. “I’m especially interested in sharing some of the new aspects of our farm that provide even more safeguards for the environment.”

Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting animal agriculture, enhancing relationships with neighbors and choosing good locations for new barns and feedlots. CSIF assistance is available to farm families at no charge.

“Iowa livestock farmers are community-minded and take great pride in their work and commitment to the well-being of their animals and the environment,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF Executive Director. “It’s also no secret that livestock production has a positive impact on the local economy. The construction and day-to-day operation of a 2400 head hog barn like the Crosman’s, will create ten jobs and have a $1,448,218 economic impact to Boone County in the first year alone.”  More information on the economic impact of livestock in Boone County is available here.

CSIF is a non-profit, non-lobbying organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. This positive, solutions-based approach to helping livestock farmers grow is a collaborative effort involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and the Midwest Dairy Association. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.

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