Friday, October 24, 2014

Large hog feeding operation approved by Indiana county board

  • The zoning board in Jackson County, Indiana, has given approval for a new large hog feeding operation in a rural area of the county.
    The board on October 15 voted 4-0 to approve a confined feeding operation site north of the community of Crothersville in Southern Indiana. The facility would house about 4,000 hogs.
    The vote followed a public comment period, where many opponents of the operation expressed worries about odors, truck traffic and possible water contamination to wells and the nearby Muscatatuck River from stored manure. An estimated 100 people attended the meeting.
    One neighbor, Trina McLain, said she had health concerns about the hog facility being about a quarter of a mile mile from her home and that it would harm the quality of life for nearly 500 homes in the vicinity.
    However, farmer Kyle Broshears said the hog facility would be built as far as possible from the closest home in the area.
    His plans call for spending about $900,000 on the facility that would include an 81-by-417-foot building housing the hogs and a concrete pit that would hold about 1 million gallons of manure. The facility meets all the requirements set forth by the county.

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Jennie-O plant operations resume after evacuation

  • Andrea Gantz
    Operations have returned to normal at a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant where employees had reportedly become ill.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Operations have returned to normal at a Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Willmar, Minnesota, after more than two dozen workers there had shown symptoms of illness including coughing and vomiting.
    Willmar police responded to a call around 7:23 p.m. on October 17 of a possible chemical leak at the Jennie-O Turkey Store facility that was making employees sick, Willmar Police Sgt. Michael Jahnke said.
    However, after the company and local fire officials inspected the plant, which was evacuated, no chemical leaks or other causes for illnesses were found. Testing was conducted for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and ammonia.
    Thirty-one patients from the Jennie-O plant were examined at Rice Memorial Hospital, with one being admitted. Some were transported by ambulance, while others were taken by bus, according to news reports.
    After the Jennie-O and fire officials conducted what the company referred to as a “thorough plant inspection,” operations at the plant resumed to normal.
    The Willmar Police Department assisted fire and EMS officials with the situation.
    Jennie-O Turkey Store is a subsidiary of Hormel Foods. According to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database, the company operates four slaughter plants and five cooking plants. It also has three hatcheries, eight feed mills and 200 growout houses.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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