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Rose Acre Farms Reports Progress

by John Gutekunst | Nov 30, 2015
Rose Acre Farms is making progress on their egg-producing facility south of Bouse. They’re currently engaged in preparing the site, including drilling wells. W.N. “Chips” Everhart, the company’s New Projects Coordinator, said they are still 12 to 14 months away from having the first eggs laid there.

Rose Acre Farms is making progress on their egg-producing facility south of Bouse. They’re currently engaged in preparing the site, including drilling wells. W.N. “Chips” Everhart, the company’s New Projects Coordinator, said they are still 12 to 14 months away from having the first eggs laid there. However, he said there will be many construction jobs as the facility is being built, and other positions will need to be filled before the facility goes into full operation.

Everhart and La Paz Economic Development Corporation President Skip Becker met with the Pioneer Nov. 11. They said the company will be ready to start hiring in late Spring 2016. They’re looking to hire security personnel and construction workers before that.

The facility is located eight miles south of Bouse on State Route 72. When completed, it’s estimated the facility will house three million laying hens and will provide 80 to 100 jobs with comprehensive employee benefits. In addition to the laying farm, there will also be a pullet farm, a rail spur and a feed milling operation. The investment in phase one of the facility is estimated at $80 million.

Becker said Rose Acre Farms is the biggest economic development project La Paz County has ever seen. He added that, for every dollar invested in the facility, another $7 will be returned to the community. He added the facility is water conservative.

“This will be a very good use of our water resources,” he said. “I know people are concerned about that now.”

Becker and Everhart praised Arizona Public Service and the Arizona & California Railroad for being excellent partners.

“We couldn’t have asked for more or better assistance from APS and the railroad,” Everhart said.

Everhart and Becker said they appreciated the support they’d received from the community. Becker said people have approached Rose Acre Farms trucks in Bouse and inquired about jobs.

“This is a great community,” Everhart said.

Becker said he’d visited a Rose Acre Farms facility in Texas, and found the people there were thrilled with the economic impact, and how the company is involved in the community. He added one of the reasons he sought to have the company locate in La Paz County was because of their community involvement.

Everhart said Rose Acre Farms is planning to have an informational booth at the La Paz County Fair.

The plans for the facility were announced in October 2014, when the deal for Rose Acre Farms to buy 2,600 acres from APS was announced. Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms is the second largest egg producer in the nation. David Rust started the company in 1939, and his family still owns it.

Rose Acre Farms began in 1939 in Jackson County, Ind., when David Rust built two hen houses, each holding 500 hens. In the 1940s, he began selling eggs to local produce markets.

Today, Rose Acre Farms has 17 facilities in six states. They employ approximately 1,900 people and the company has an estimated annual revenue of $200 million. The headquarters is in Seymour, Ind.

Rose AcreTM Recipe of the Month

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream        
          
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 3 cups heavy cream

  • 9 large egg yolks

  • ½ vanilla bean

  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions:
  1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  2. In a large saucepan combine the sugar and milk. Over medium-low heat, stir to combine. Make sure that the mixture does not come to a boil.
  3. Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out one half of the vanilla caviar into milk and sugar mixture. Add half of the entire bean to the mixture. Continue to stir. Heat until hot, but not boiling.
  4. Add the yolks to a large bowl and whisk for 2 minutes until light in color.
  5. Temper the eggs- add a couple ladles of the hot milk mixture to the eggs. You do this so the eggs are not scrambled in the hot milk. Once the eggs are tempered, slowly stir them into the hot milk. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large glass bowl. Discard any lumps.
  7. Slowly stir in the heavy cream
  8. Follow your ice cream makers instructions for preparation.
  9. Ice cream may still be soft after churning, put in freezer for 3-4 hours before serving.
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