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      Hog CAFOs could come to Schuyler Co.

      Schuyler County residents had a chance to give their input on the possibility of concentrated animal feeding operations coming to the county.

      According to our sister station KTVO in Kirksville, Mo., two individuals want to put up Class 2 concentrated animal feeding operation hog barns in Schuyler County.

      Residents have given input recently on the possibility of CAFOs coming to Schuyler County. Public meetings were held by county commissioners and the county clerk's office.

      Residents aren't happy, saying such facilities would ruin property value near the hog operations.

      Commissioners told KTVO off camera that they can't do anything to stop it as long as the individuals meet the requirements. Those requirements include having a construction permit, a manure management plan that includes slopes that are no more than 10-percent, the waste has to be injected into the ground and the operation has to be at least 2,000 feet from any residence.

      Commissioners are still going through the paperwork and should give the individuals an answer on the hog barns next week.