Tjelmeland Family Hosts New Hog Barn Open House

10-22-2014 in Events

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – October 22, 2014 – Families, neighbors and community members are invited to attend an open house and complimentary lunch Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas and Krista Tjelmeland farm northwest of Nevada. The Tjelmeland 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 60649 180th Street, Nevada, Iowa.

“I am proud to be the 5th generation Tjelmeland to be farming and raising livestock in northern Story County” said Lucas Tjelmeland.  “Our family has a strong background in livestock and land stewardship practices in our community.  This community is part of our family in so many different ways. We want to see it continue to grow and flourish, and have our future generations continue to carry on the legacy.  We also understand for this to happen we must be committed to protecting the environment and communicating openly with our neighbors.”

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.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Iowa Pork Producers Association, The Maschoff’s, Story County Farm Bureau, Story County Pork Producers, Quality Ag Inc., Key Cooperative, Curry Seed and US Bank.

“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 3,600 head hog barn like the Tjelmeland’s will create 12 jobs and have a $2,160,000 economic impact to Story County in the first year alone.”  More information on the economic impact of livestock in Story 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 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 the Midwest Dairy Association.  For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit


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