• Tyler Harris

    European Influence in the Midwest

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on December 19, 2013

    This fall, I had the privilege of visiting an Iowa farm family that has taken sustainability to a new level. Dean and Betty Van Kooten, who raise corn and soybeans near Kellogg, Iowa, added pigs to the operation when their youngest son Joey came back to the farm. Building two hog barns was a way for Joey and his wife, Michelle to come back to the farm and build equity. However, hog buildings use a lot of electricity. To improve the overall sustainability of the farm and offset 100% of the…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Creston Community Shows Support Through Roll-Over Sale

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on December 12, 2013

    This hasn't been an easy post to write. For myself and many others from Creston and the southwest Iowa region, last week was an emotional one. Part of me is still in shock after learning the Saturday after Thanksgiving that T.J. and Nate Frey, 11 and 9 respectively, passed away. They were exploring on their family's farm in Adams County when they tragically fell through the ice on a pond and drowned. This was one of the same ponds two of their older brothers, Casey, Brandon, myself…

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