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Supervisors hear of new hog confinement

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard of a proposal for a 4,000-head hog finishing operation three and a half miles west and a mile and a half north of Armstrong.

Jay Moore of New Fashion Pork told the board of the proposed operation which would fall under the Iowa Department of Natural Resources master matrix. More said the site, now on the Booth Family Farms property, would be about 300 feet off the county road.

Moore said the site has scored 470 out of a required 440 points on the master matrix which regulates distances from roads, waterways, residences, parks and other issues.

Moore said New Fashion hopes to have its permit from the state by July 1. He said the building would cost $800,000.

“We’re really not expanding. Most of our efforts are improving and maintaining what we already have,” Moore said of New Fashion Pork.

The county will hold a public hearing on the proposed confinement once it hears from the DNR, said Bev Juhl, board chair.