MARCH 2018                                                                                               VOL. 20 | ISSUE 2

Henning Spends a Day on the Hill

By Lisa Henning Beohm | Strategic Relationship Manager


From L to R: Steve George (Fremont Farms of IA), Mohamed El-Gazzar (Iowa State University), Jeff Hardie (Fremont Farms of IA), Chris Hagenow (House of Representatives Majority Leader), Lisa Henning Beohm (Iowa Cagefree & Henning Companies), Sarah Bowman (Iowa Poultry Association), and Brett Pickar (Daybreak Foods).


Iowa Poultry Association (IPA) Winter Policy and Issues Conference was held the afternoon of February 19th at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, IA. A range of hot topics were covered that included: labor and immigration, importance of consumer options at retail, and the nutrient reduction strategy – creating a more resilient Iowa. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, was on hand to share his thoughts and support of the poultry industry in Iowa and advocated the importance of our participation in the Day on the Hill event.


Additionally, special guest Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, joined the group during dinner and provided comments. Having grown up in rural Iowa, she is a strong supporter of rural communities and agriculture.

Several IPA members gathered at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, February 20th, to spend a Day on the Hill meeting with both House and Senate legislators about policy issues affecting the poultry industry. This is the second year IPA has held the Day on the Hill event. Members were able to meet with House Minority Leader Smith, Senate Majority leader Dix, Senate Minority leader Peterson and House Majority leader Hagenow.


Pictured: Lisa Henning Beohm with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ross Dean (Versova). 


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has Proclaimed March 4-10, 2018 as Women in Construction Week in Iowa

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The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 4-10, 2018.


On February 22nd, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring March 4-10, 2018 as Women in Construction Week in Iowa! 


Check us out on social media to see how we plan on celebrating!


Health & Safety

By Dean Johnson | Safety Director 


The news is filled with more and more cases of the flu being diagnosed through out the country. The CDC is calling this the worst flu epidemic in nearly a decade! The pandemic flu remains a concern for both workers and employers. Below is a brief guideline that identifies precautions for the workplace. 


Get Vaccinated.

Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step to protecting against the flu virus. 


Stay at Home.

The CDC recommends that workers who have a fever and respiratory symptoms stay home until 24 hours after their fever ends, without the use of medication. Not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. Other symptoms include: runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.


Wash Your Hands.

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 or more seconds can reduce the risk of catching or spreading the flu virus. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.


Avoid Touching.

Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes! Also avoid touching other coworker’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use someone else's items, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant. 


Cover Your Cough.

Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Toss tissues into a “no touch” wastebasket. 


Stay in Shape.

Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation to help avoid getting sick.


Egg Industry Center Unveils 2017 Egg Research Report

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The Egg Industry Center (EIC) at Iowa State University has released its first year-in-review research report featuring 22 new, ongoing or completed research projects.


The report provides brief takeaway messages for egg farmers and others on research that was conducted by EIC researchers or by researchers who were funded through its grant program. It also points readers to online resources that feature additional research details and media coverage of the projects.


“It is gratifying to see the work of so many people come together and yield real results for the entire egg industry,” said Hongwei Xin, EIC director and assistant dean for research at Iowa State’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.


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Another Successful IPPE in Atlanta

By Lisa Henning Beohm | Strategic Relationship Manager


The 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) brought together more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in Atlanta, January 30-February 1. The trade show focuses on innovation – bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make businesses successful, Education – learning from the experts in free and fee-based world-class programs on topics that cross industry interests, Global Reach – attracting more than 8,000 International visitors from 129 countries, and Networking – meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.


Thanks to Farm Credit Services of America and Jeff Coit, we were able to enjoy networking during a group dinner held at Rathbun’s (pictured below). As an exhibitor, Henning Companies would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth during the show!


From L to R: Kevin Walker (Henning Companies), Lowell Ostrand (Michael Foods), Lisa Henning Beohm (Henning Companies), Brandon Boomsma (Versova), Jeff Coit (Farm Credit Services of America). Paul Garnett (Iowa Cagefree), Jeff & Cindy Henning (Henning Companies), Jim Dean (Versova), Brian Boomsma (Versova).


From L to R: Joe McKee (Henning Companies), Dr. Craig Rowles (Iowa Cagefree), Pat Melena (Michael Foods), Todd Carlson (Henning Holdings), JT Dean (Versova). Matt Dean (Versova), Del Farrer (Henning Companies), Steve Boomsma (Versova), Terry Baker (Michael Foods), Ross Dean (Versova).

Let's Be Social!






Iowan Bill Northey confirmed to U.S. Dept. of Agriculture


After months of delay, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey was confirmed to a top U.S. Department of Agriculture post Tuesday.


The 58-year-old Spirit Lake farmer becomes USDA's undersecretary for farm production and conservation, following a U.S. Senate voice vote.


Continue readying on the Des Moines Register website.


Project Spotlight


R&R Warehouse

By Jerry Van Oort | Project Manager


Construction began in November on R&R Realty's 300,000 square-foot warehouse located on S. James Street. in Grimes, IA. The building is beginning to take shape, as over 95 steel structures were erected the third week of February. Starting mid-march close to 266 precast concrete wall panels are expected to be put into place. The precast concrete gives the building a higher level of quality control and will be brought in on semi-trucks from Coralville, IA. The warehouse, which will eventually house various tenants, will have store front options, as well as docks on the backside for deliveries.



A Message from the President



2018 Industry Trends

By Kevin Walker | President


Keeping up with the latest construction industry trends is extremely important when it comes to providing better solutions for our customers and preparing for the future. While it is always difficult to predict what the future holds, I believe there are a few industry trends we can expect to see in the upcoming years. 


Technology Advancements

While the construction industry has been slow to adopt the latest technology, you can expect to see huge advancements in the next year. Watch for things such as 3D printed buildings, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). VR/AR will allow people to tour construction sites without stepping foot on the job site. 


Going Green

Recycling and reusing is a must when it comes to our daily activities in construction. We can expect our projects to increase through green design and sustainable products.


Prefabricated Construction

Modular or prefabricated buildings and construction is the development of a building or structure off-site and then transported to the construction site itself. The industry will see a huge spike in prefabricated structures and components. Not only does prefabrication have significant safety advantages, they can also be done much faster!


Better Safety Procedures

Safety is also a hot topic in the construction industry. Thankfully for Henning, we have not experienced an accident on a job site since April 2015. With new technology emerging, you can expect to see more safety resources than ever in the field.



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