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RICEVILLE | On Tuesday, February 27, the community of Riceville and surrounding towns in Howard and Mitchell counties were recipients of Iowa Select Farms CommunityCare grant awards.

Since 2016, more than $100,000 has been awarded to local organizations for community-betterment activities.

“The way I look at it you are either good or lucky,” said Mayor of Riceville, Dean Eastman. “And we are fortunate to be a little bit of both. As a town, we have opened our doors to animal agriculture and have seen tremendous growth as a result. Businesses are growing, school enrollment has increased significantly, young people are moving to town and we’re developing as a community. We’re very lucky to have a company like Iowa Select Farms that is committed to growing right alongside with us.”

In attendance at the awards ceremony were community members and representatives from 25 local groups and organizations that received CommunityCare grants, including fire and ambulance services, school districts, conservation boards, booster clubs and community daycares.

In addition to celebrating past CommunityCare award recipients, the event was an opportunity for Iowa Select Farms to announce the re-commitment of an additional $100,000 for the community of Riceville and the greater Howard and Mitchell County area.

Iowa Select Farms employs more than 100 local residents and contracts with local area farm families.

The company is proud to grow alongside rural Iowa and in the last year has built three new sow farms in the Riceville area. Each new farm created 18, full-time jobs with competitive pay, benefits, bonus incentives and advancement potential.

The additional $100,000 donated to the Riceville Area Development group is to be used for community-betterment activities. Organizations applying for the funds must be located in Mitchell or Howard counties and identify within the core areas of: local, school-based initiatives; conservation, recreation and environmental stewardship initiatives; emergency services, fire departments; and community betterment projects that increase the quality of life for residents.

In addition to the Iowa Select Farms Community Care grants, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation will continue to support the community of Riceville and Howard and Mitchell counties through ongoing programs targeted to area food pantries for hunger relief, the Power Snack™ program for qualified school-age children and the Pork Care package program for Iowa servicemen and women who live in Howard and Mitchell county.

Local residents wanting further information about the Iowa Select Farms Community Care program should contact Jennifer Crall, Iowa Select Farms Public Affairs Director at 641.648.4479 or


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