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Hog farm proposal causes a stink

June 15, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On a 3-0 vote the Tama County Board of Supervisors voted to recommend denial of a permit for a 4,400 head hog operation near Lincoln in northwest Tama County. The vote was Monday during the board's regular meeting. Members are Dan Anderson, rural Tama, Kendall Jordan, Toledo and Larry Vest, Dinsdale.

A number of objections to the proposed hog farm came from neighbors.

That recommendation goes to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources which has 30 days to make a decision. If the DNR approves the hog operation, the supervisors can appeal that decision to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission.

Interest in the hog farm was fueled in the media in part because it would be owned by Summit Farms, reported to be associated with Bruce Rastetter, the chair of the Iowa Board of Regents.

This was combined with a barrage of opposition from the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement group. The members claim the factory farm operations do not comply in all cases with environmental regulations including proper manure management to keep pollution out of waterways.

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Watch for a complete report of the supervisors' meeting from News-Herald Correspondent Joyce Wiese. Her story has been delayed by computer issues.



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