Appeals Court Clears Way for Hog Farm in SE Minnesota

According to a news report by the Associated Press, the plan to build a large hog feedlot in southeastern Minnesota can move forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled last week.

“The decision by a three-judge panel affirmed a vote by the Goodhue County Board in February to approve the proposed 4,700-hog operation near Zumbrota,” the news release said.

Opponents of the project, included the Land Stewardship Project and Zumbrota Township residents, who, the news report said, “have been fighting it over concerns about odors and what they contend are high levels of toxic hydrogen sulfide at other hog farms in southern Minnesota owned by Jeff Kohlnhofer and his brothers Mike and Yon.”

But the appeals court noted that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, after an extensive review, "concluded that the project did not pose a risk of potential significant environmental effects," the article said.

AP reported that “Yon Kohlnhofer said the he's happy with the court's decision and that he thinks the project's opponents have unfairly harassed his family at every step of the process,” the AP report said.

Read the full article here.