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Hog Farm questions and answers heard in Wenona

Posted by wlpo on April 17, 2014

Family farm or factory – it does not matter what you want to call a breed to ween hog farm proposed for rural Wenona. What matters is if it meets the eight criteria in the Livestock Management Facilities Act.

Veterinarian Nicolas Rippel and his engineer spoke on behalf of Sandy Creek Lane, LLC Thursday night at a hearing by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  They tried to explain why and how the farm with 5600 pigs would meet the rules for odor control, waste management, and zoning.

A member of the audience, Leslie Smith asked if the hog farm would create a health threat to other hogs.

Rippel said it would not.

Lostant Mayor Fred Hartenbower wanted to know if there were plans to expand the farm.

Rippel said no.

The meeting minutes will be considered by the IDOA before they make a decision.  The Marshall County Board has 30 days to give a non-binding recommendation.

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