Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 10, 2006

Community rallies around the new local dairy farm

The people of Decatur County stayed true to their friendly reputation on Thursday night when they showed up at the REMC building to greet a new family.

The Hulsboschs, from Belgium, met and spoke with more than 60 members of the community who attended at the event to learn more about the work they plan to do.

The Hulsboschs looked at 14 other sites across Indiana before choosing Decatur County as the site to locate an $11 million dairy operation.

“Greensburg is a nice city,” explained Dominique about why the family chose to move here. “There’s a lot of room for expansion; a lot of room for the dairy farm.”

The dairy industry is a major factor in the economy of Indiana. The state has 150,000 dairy cows which produced 2.9 billion pounds of milk in 2004. Indiana milk production generates more than $333 million in cash receipts annually. The Hulsboschs family is looking to bring some of the dairy industry back into Decatur County.

“We’ve gone from 20-some dairies to five,” explained Bob Dawson, a member of the Economic Development Agricultural Committee (EDAC). “Second generations haven’t taken over and bigger farm operations have taken up the slack.”

Decatur County stands to gain two great things with the Hulsboschs, according to Dawson.

“The economic impact will help to preserve the roots of the county’s economy,” he explained. “We’re also gaining a great family.”

The Hulsbosch Dairy Farm will purchase over 2,000 acres of corn and alfalfa and ship more than 15,000 gallons of milk daily.

“We buy food for the cows locally,” said Dominique, “and the manure from the cows goes back to those same farms as fertilizer.”

Approximately $5,000,000 in other goods and services will be purchased annually to support the operations, and a number of new jobs will be created. Dairy experts estimate that every 20 cows help create a full-time job. The 2,200 cow dairy herd of the Hulsbosch operation stands to open up 100 new jobs within the community.

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