SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E8 Discussion to focus on meeting needs ORANGE CITY—Sit down with any N’West Iowa livestock producer — dairy, swine, beef or poultry — and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation. According to Fred Hall, the Iowa State University Extension dairy specialist for the area, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often does not recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers. To help identify those issues, Hall and Extension human sciences specialist in family life specialist Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU sociologist Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they think are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities. “These surveys should tie together the needs of each — employers and employees — and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys BUSINESS Farm labor force event April 17 in Orange City These surveys should tie together the needs of each — employers and employees — and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community. Fred Hall IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION DAIRY SPECIALIST have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.” The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17, at the Sioux County Extension office in Orange City. The employer track registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County. In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at https://blogs.extension.iastate. edu/nwiadairyoutlook/. Once [ RERICK ABSTRACT COMPANY Member of the ILTA, ALTA and Title Guaranty The Title Resource Network completed, e-mail the survey to email@example.com. The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run 6-8 p.m. April 17. The evening will start with a light meal, and the program will start at 6:15. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare. All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed. Neither the employee or em - ployer program has a registration fee, but preregistration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided. Preregistration can be made by calling Sioux County Extension 712-737-4230 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and/or more information also may be requested by calling or e-mailing Hall. The Only Complete Set of Tract Indices in O’Brien County Phone/Fax 712-757-4615 • Phone 712-957-4615 110 S. Hayes Ave. • Primghar, IA • email@example.com [ COME CHECK OUT Sanborn Big city conveniences in a safe, quiet, small town lifestyle! Did you know that you could receive up to $20,000 in grants for building a new home in Sanborn? Sanborn is an attractive, growing community, with some of the finest recreational facilities in the area featuring two parks that include 28 camps sites with complete hookups for cable tv, telephone and internet, horse shoe pits,disc golf course, nature trail, a 90 acre golf course with practice range, softball and soccer fields, walking/jogging /biking trail, playground and picnic facilities, and a new fun filled outdoor aquatic center. & collectible ......... SALE ....... We are changing things up this year! Instead of the auction, we will be selling our items during Rock Valley’s ‘Pick the Valley’ event! Lots of fun items, old toys, enamel, wrought iron, jewelry, dishes, decorative items, etc. MEGA, INC. Farm Drainage & Excavating •Basement and Foundation Excavating •Backhoe Work for Water & Sewer Lines •GPS Guided Farm Tiling 712.758.3503 • Rocky Marco 1521 Taft Avenue, Ocheyedan, IA Saturday May 12 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rock Valley Main Street Look for the JFA trailers ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC. M U N I C I P A L U T I L I T I E S The Sanborn Community owns and operates natural gas, electric, water, wastewater, solid waste, state-of-the-art telecommunications utility which offers cable TV, high speed cable modem internet and telephone services. Call the city office today to talk about our grant offers at 712-930-3842
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E9 New office will be located in former grain bin BUSINESS RECOVERY Continued from page E1 which is about 3,400 square feet, is finished by June. This is not the first time they have converted a steel grain bin into another kind of structure. Several years ago, they established Bill’s Cabin — named for their late father — a two-story hotel made from a steel grain bin just off the No. 8 green at the Primghar Golf & Country Club. As for their grain company, the construction of a new office building is the first phase of the business’ reconstruction project. It has been operating out of a mobile office trailer — a structure that is 280-320 square feet in size and has no running water — since September. The second stage of Nicholson & Edwards’ rebuilding process will be to have more grain storage space built at its location at 375 Third St. S.W. in Primghar. “We’re debating what to do there yet,” Kurt Edwards said. “We haven’t made a firm decision yet. We’re looking at either flat storage or like a bigger bin. We’ve had some quotes on a steel bin that’s like 500,000 bushels.” Edwards explained what he meant by “flat storage.” “You could still get 500,000 bushels of storage, but it’s more like a hoop building,” he said. “It’s a little more laborintensive as far as cleaning it up. It wouldn’t be as efficient as a nice, big steel bin, but obviously there are cost savings there, too. The steel bin would cost more than flat storage.” Whatever the grain company decides, the process of building new grain storage space will not start until sometime later this year. Edwards said the hope is the work on that part of the project would be done by harvest time. Adam Paulsen, an apprentice electrician for Dan’s Electric in Paullina, puts electrical wiring throughout the new office building for Nicholson & Edwards Grain Co. in Primghar. The grain company is in the process of recovering from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage. Depending on what option the business chooses, Edwards estimated that new grain storage space could cost anywhere from about $500,000 up to $1.3 million-$1.4 million. Because of the fire, Nicholson & Edwards — which dates back to 1956 — lost the one-time, nearly 80-foot-tall wooden head house of its grain elevator, which included its office area. “At one time, it was the main house,” Edwards said. “Obviously, we built bigger stuff than that afterward. Basically, what we used it for was blending grain. It was still in really good condition, and it worked great for blending. We stored beans in there every fall, but it was mainly for blending purposes.” The business also had to have two steel grain bins torn down and lost grain storage space for The new office building for Nicholson & Edwards Grain Co. in Primghar will be a steel grain bin that is much larger than the mobile office trailer that the business has been using since a fire damaged the grain company on Friday, Sept. 8. Photos by Mark Mahoney AT A GLANCE: Nicholson & Edwards Grain Co. in Primghar buys grain from corn and soybean farmers and sells it to end-users, such as area ethanol plants. “We do fertilizer application, chemical application,” said Kurt Edwards, one of the co-owners of the business. “We sell Pioneer seed corn. We do soil testing and grading. We do variable rate seeding plans for farmers. Anything to do with agronomy we’re pretty much into.” For more information about the grain company, which is located on the west side of Primghar, call 712-957-2415. about 200,000 bushels overall due to the blaze. “There were two 50,000-bushel bins that were damaged in the fire,” Edwards said, noting that the grain company never considered not rebuilding following the blaze. “We lost our blending capacity and our office, which was huge, but we were fortunate to save the records we needed for farmers,” he said of Nicholson & Edwards’ paper and electronic records. “It could’ve been worse.” Edwards noted that the business has enough storage capacity — for about 1 million bushels of grain — to make it through the upcoming summer. “Once we got through harvest, we had a pile, but we got that picked up before it snowed,” he said. “We’re in pretty good shape storagewise. We’ve hauled enough away this winter.” Edwards, the Primghar may or, noted that he and his brothers are grateful for all of the support they have received from in and around the O’Brien County seat city of nearly 880 since the fire impacted their business in September. “We’re thankful that we’ve got the support in the community that we’ve had from our business partners in town and all the farmers that have been loyal and supportive, and were patient with us through the harvest process last year,” Edwards said. “All the businesses in town have been very supportive.” Dustin Van Beek, the owner of Dan’s Electric in Paullina, drills holes for electrical wiring inside the new office building for Nicholson & Edwards Grain Co. in Primghar on Tuesday. The grain company is in the process of recovering from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage on the evening of Sept. 8.