We commend The Star in supporting restrictions on placement of factory hog and chicken farms near state historic sites (9/2, Opinion, “Tougher laws needed to regulate hog farms”). However, folks visiting historic sites can leave when the unbelievable stench rolls in.
Those of us farmers who have had the misfortune to have factory hog farms come into our areas have no such luxury. We have to endure, while Department of Natural Resources does nothing.
My farm and residence is six miles from 140,000 hogs and four miles from 80,000 hogs. The factory hog farm proposed for near Arrow Rock was for far fewer.
Citizen Legal Environmental Action Network represents about 70 farm families who have fought factory hog farms for over a decade. Sadly, we still have to endure the stink.
Secretary CLEAN (Citizen Legal Environmental Action Network)
Green City, Mo.