Radcliffe family to host new hog barn open house

07-28-2012 in Hogs

West Des Moines, Iowa – June 28, 2012 – Families, neighbors and community members are invited to attend an open house and complimentary lunch Thursday, July 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hindman farm outside of Radcliffe.  Beau and Traye Hindman 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 15270 280th St, Radcliffe.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Farm Credit Services of America, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Jorden Ag Enterprises, LLC.and The Maschhoffs.

“After much consideration, expanding our swine finishing operation was the best way to grow our family farm for the next generation,” Traye said. “It is extremely tough for young guys like ourselves to pencil top dollar cash rent or very high land prices in the current row crop environment. This was the logical choice to start building equity to get our start as beginning farmers.”

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.

“Rural communities reap the benefits of having livestock production in the area. A new 4800-head hog barn in Hardin County creates 13 new jobs and has nearly a $2.3 million economic impact on the local economy,” said CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “Beyond the economic benefits, raising livestock is a great way for young people to get back to the farm. These young families are helping revitalize Iowa’s small towns.” More information on the economic impact of livestock in Hardin 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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