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December 10, 2018

11/9/2018 2:15:00 PM
Hog factory farms on the rise in area

Dear Editor;
The hog factory farms are lining up to come to Grant County. A hog mother house with over 5,000 sows is being built in Liberty Township near Fennimore to be operated by Pipestone Systems, one of the largest pork production companies in the U.S. A new DNR permit has been granted in Potosi Township that will house 5,000 pigs and projected to turn over 3 times a year.
Why is Grant County so ripe for factory farms? Iowa and Southern Minnesota are already at capacity with the current concentration of hog factory farms. The increase in factory farms is the result of inadequate safeguards in place to protect our future. These operations pose a threat to the environment and community. Water and air quality, public health and land values are all concerns that affect the neighbors of factory farms. So which community in Grant County will get to house the hog slaughterhouse?
I always find it interesting that the owners of factory farms rarely live next to the animals being confined. So get ready.....because the hog factory farms are coming to Grant County.

Dave Swanson

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