Posted: May. 19, 2017 6:20 pm Updated: May. 19, 2017 6:32 pm
CANTON, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued a permit allowing Expedition Acres LLC to operate a hog farm in Lewis County.
But opponents of the controversial hog operation insist their fight isn’t over.
“Not by a long shot,” said Karel Rogers, a member of the Northeast Missouri Community Conservation Coalition, which has been battling the proposed hog operation for weeks and now is threatening legal action.
“It’s not anywhere near a lost cause,” Rogers said. “We’re going to fight this until all of their hogs are out of Missouri.”
The Missouri DNR on Monday issued Expedition Acres a general operating permit to build the facility on a 33.6-acre site about 7 miles northwest of Canton. The site is 1 mile east of Mo. 81, 1 mile south of the Clark County line and about 3 miles southeast of St. Patrick.
Missouri DNR Director of Communications Connie Patterson said the operating permit allows Expedition Acres to operate the facility and carry out whatever construction is necessary to get started.
“The company will not have to seek a separate construction permit,” she said.
Expedition Acres is associated with Professional Swine Management of Carthage, Ill., which will manage the farm. Professional Swine Management operates about 30 different confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) in West-Central Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, with most of them in Illinois.
Professional Swine Management Chief Operating Officer Ted Ufkes said construction already has begun at the site, and he expects the company will start stocking the farm with hogs in late July.
Ufkes said he was glad to see the DNR issue the operating permit.
“That’s great news,” he said. “The state agreed that we met all the requirements.”
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