Hog Confinements

Ag. Dept sets additional enviromental regulations
3:16 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Illinois Approves Adams County Hog Farm

The site of the future confinement.
Credit Judy Koehler

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved a proposed hog confinement in Adams County, after adding additional environmental protections.

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Donnellson Facility Prompted Change
6:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Lee County Creates Notification Policy

Lee County wants to make sure its residents are informed of new large-scale farming operations.

The Iowa DNR requires Lee County publish a public notice in a confinement with more than 2,500 hogs is being built within the county.

If a confinement has fewer than 2,500 hogs, the county simply accepts its Manure Management plan and takes no other action.

The Board of Supervisors is changing that process.

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the county will still accept the plan.

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Public Requests Oversight
12:17 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Hog Farm on Lee County Radar

Lee County wants to make sure its residents are aware of new farm operations that can be considered controversial at times.

The Board of Supervisors has stayed out of the discussion about hog confinements in the past. 

Lee County has been one of the few counties in Iowa to reject the state DNR’s Master Matrix, which is a scoring system for such facilities.  It has also avoided making a ruling on permits because the DNR has the final say.

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