Missouri Hog farm foes finish petition drive - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Missouri Hog farm foes finish petition drive

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A group opposed to a Callaway County hog-breeding facility has drawn more petition signatures than expected.

But The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1rbK78Z ) the petition is unlikely to trigger action by the county commission to block the plan.

Eichelberger Farms Inc. of Wayland, Iowa, wants to put a hog breeding facility on a 20-acre site in western Callaway County. The facility will require state permits from the Department of Natural Resources for construction and operation.

Officials with the group, "Friends of Responsible Agriculture," gathered about 1,300 signatures in the 10-day effort opposing the facility. The opponents also want Callaway County commissioners to adopt a public health ordinance imposing tight local restrictions on large-scale breeding operations.

But Eastern District Commissioner Randall Kleindienst says at this time that's not going to happen.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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