Two Major Ag Projects Getting Underway in Norman County

Two Major Ag Projects Getting Underway in Norman County

February 19, 2021 Farm News News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — More than $100 million dollars is going to be invested over the next year and half through just two projects in Norman County: the Barrick Family Farms Swine Facility and the Waukon Dairy. Norman County Environmental Services Director Garry Johanson provided an update on the two major projects on the KRJB Kaleidoscope program on Thursday. Barrick Family Farms broke ground on their nearly $30 million swine genetic breeding facility just east of Lochkart this fall. Johanson gives a summary of the project and their progress.

The Barrick Family Farms Facility is expected to be completed and operational by late this fall or early next spring.

As large as that swine facility will be, Johanson notes that it pales in comparison to the 160 acre Waukon Dairy, which is expected break ground in either March or April.

The Waukon Dairy will take approximately 18 months to complete and Riverview Dairy, the parent company, will be bringing in roughly 180 workers to construct the facility. It is being built along Highway 200 in Waukon Township approximately 5 miles southeast of Gary. Riverview also recently purchased the Lincoln Terrace apartments in Twin Valley and is in the process of renovating it to accommodate roughly 75 of those construction workers.

Johanson says he’s excited about the investment that these projects bring to the county and adds that both the management teams of Barrick Family Farms Swine Facility and Waukon Dairy have been great to work through this process.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that neither project had the potential for significant environmental effects.