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Supervisors approve matrix application

Feeding operation planned two miles south of Fort Defiance

April 16, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a new confinement feeding operation construction permit application for Shane Smith doing business as SMS Swine, LLC.

The 4,400-head confinement operation consisting of two, 2,000-head buildings would be off N26 and north of 200th Street about two miles south of Fort Defiance State Park. Any operation over 2,500 head - the equivalent of 1,000 animal units - falls under purview of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources matrix evaluation.

On hand to address any questions was Kent Krause, president of Pinnacle which prepared the matrix application.

Supervisor Jon Martyr said he and fellow supervisors Ron Smith and Tim Schumacher had visited the site.

"The site met all the requirements," Martyr said, adding that no objections had been registered.

Schumacher added that the site was well placed to avoid safety hazards.

Krause said the site was over a half mile from any neighbors and that the well was 200 feet from any building. Krause said a truck turnaround had been added and that the site would have a capacity for over a year's manure storage. Yearly nutrient generation would take up to 250 acres; however, Krause said Smith had well over that - 1,100 acres - in his manure management plan. And he said the matrix application had scored 450 points - a little over the 440 required.

"I think it's a pretty decent site," Krause added.

County engineer Roger Patocka said a permit would be required for a new driveway which Smith would have to pay for at his own expense.

In a roll call vote, the board approved the application with supervisor Ron Smith abstaining.



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