Published Sep 8, 2011

Don’t Miss Farm Succession, Niche Pork and Energy Field Day This Weekend

By Ann Seuferer


James Frantzen, above, will be hosting a PFI Field Day, Saturday, September 10, from 1 – 5 p.m., covering niche pork, farm succession planning and on-farm energy use.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Don’t miss the Frantzen’s Field Day!

Saturday, September 10, 1–5 p.m. (Light snack and beverage provided)

James, Tom and Irene Frantzen
Frantzen Farm
20199 Key Ave.
Elma, IA 50628

Come hear about the Frantzen family’s farm succession planning and a beginning farmer starting out. Discussion will include farm business planning for feeder pigs and costs of production. Watch a slide show of farmstead reconstruction to see James’ farm in progress as he improves buildings, invests in farm equipment and builds a business!

Also, hear about an on-farm energy research project and testing results. James’ parents, Tom and Irene Frantzen, will share their farm succession-planning process and direction. Enjoy a light snack of Organic Prairie meat, Organic Valley cheese, milk and juice. Speakers will include Rich Schuler (PFI on-farm energy consultant) and Carole Yates (UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education). MOSES staff will be on hand with information and will answer questions about making the transition to organic farming.

From New Hampton: go north on Hwy 63 for 11 miles. Turn left (west) on county road 100th St. (gravel road). Go 2.5 miles. Take a right (north) on Key Ave. Farm is the first and only place before the stop sign (west side of road).