Halls family hosts new hog barn open house

12-06-2019 in Events

Event to highlight new environmental safeguards, economics and technology

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 6, 2019 – Families, neighbors and community members are invited to tour the Kyle Halls family new hog barn, enjoy a complimentary lunch and visit with members of the family to learn more about how they raise livestock, use technology to care for them and safeguard the environment on December 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.  The new hog barn is located at 2173 Highway 69, Osceola, Iowa.

“Livestock has always been a big part of our family’s farm and I’m proud to keep the tradition going,” said Kyle Halls.  “I am not only growing my family’s livestock farm to be more involved, but I’m also growing it so my children can have a future in farming.  This hog barn will help provide income and stability so our family can stay on the farm.  I look at this as an investment in our children’s future.”

Experts from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (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.

The open house is sponsored by CSIF, The Maschhoffs and Integrity Builders.

“Iowa livestock farmers take great pride in their work and care in the well-being of their animals and the environment, and they want to be transparent with their neighbors,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director.  “Today’s livestock farmers are using the latest innovations to take even better care of their animals and environment than ever before. These open houses give the community an opportunity to see those advancements first-hand.”

“It’s also no secret that livestock production has a positive impact on the local economy,” Waddingham added. “Clarke County’s 624 family farms and numerous agriculture businesses employ 56 percent of the county’s workforce, bringing over $160 million in wages to the county.  These economic contributions enhance the local communities, schools and quality of life for all residents.”

CSIF is a non-profit, non-lobbying organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on identifying 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 Midwest Dairy.  For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.

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