Local residents raise stink about proposed swine facility
ADAMS COUNTY, IL —
A local farmer wants to expand his swine operation in northern Adams County.
In a standing room only crowd Thursday night, residents turned out to a public hearing to voice their concerns inside the Adams County Board room.
Those concerns about the proposed swine confinement ranged from smell to pollution.
The County Line Swine facility wants to build a hog confinement about 2.7 miles east of Loraine.
The large swine operation will be home to nearly 5,000 heads of pigs.
Ragan Peter’s is a third-generation farmer and has been in the industry for nearly a decade.
Peter said this proposed pig facility will generate around $16,000 dollars in tax revenue with $10,000 of that going towards the Mendon School District.
"They won't happen as far as the leaching and the runoff on the manure,” said Peter. “When we apply our manure, it is less than two-tenths of an inch of rain and the chances of that leaching is very slim and I don't have any fears of that."
While Peter’s believes it will be good for the local economy, Crystal Clair who is the neighbor adjacent to the property disagrees.
Clair and her husband run an organic farm raising crops sent to market across the Midwest.
Clair says if this facility goes up, manure will run off on to her property ruining her organic certified crops.
"You are trying to take that away from me,” said Clair. “You don't have the right, if you allow this hog confinement to be put here then you are making me abandoned what I love."
"Disregarding the rights of an existing operation to favor a proposed one is wrong,” said Adams County landowner Marla Meridth.
Clair also raised concerns about maintenance on the roadways due to the increased travel to the swine facility.
The Adams County Board will vote on this measure as a recommendation to the state.
The state will then have two weeks to respond.
A decision could be made by the middle of November.