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No to hog farm

County says no, but state has the final say

LACON — The road just got a little rockier for the Sandy Creek Lane hog facility. During a board meeting on May 8, the Marshall County Board resoundingly voted against allowing the facility to be built with a vote of 11 to 1. The vote followed a lengthy discussion with several residents in attendance.

Marshall County Clerk Melody Weber said the lone board member voted for the measure did so for the 20 possible jobs the facility would bring to the county.

The hog facility has to address and satisfy eight criteria in order to be approved. Many local residents stated VMC — the company proposing the facility — had yet to meet any of the criteria, although Weber said the board rejected the proposal citing only five of the criteria unsatisfied.

The county board will send a non-binding letter of recommendation to the state Department of Agriculture, stating its rejection of the proposed facility. However, the final decision is out of the county's hands.

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