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Hog farm gets county’s okay

March 21, 2014

Pictured is a portion of the large crowd in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting of the Adams County Plan Commission. Photo by J Swygart

    Despite the objections of many of the 60-plus residents in attendance, the Adams County Plan Commission on Thursday evening signed off on a proposed large-scale hog operation on the outskirts of Pleasant Mills, clearing the way for more than 9,000 head of hogs to be raised there.
    For the second consecutive month a standing-room-only crowd packed the lower-level meeting room at the county Service Complex to voice their opinions surrounding intensive livestock applications filed by county residents Daniel Girod and Benjamin Girod. The father and son duo are seeking to construct two hog finishing facilities that will contain some 4,800 head of hogs each on C.R. 225N, between Piqua Road and S.R. 101.
    The application was met with stiff opposition at the commission’s February meeting, with a majority of those in attendance present to speak out against the hog operation. After some two hours of discussion, the plan commission voted to table the matter for one month due to inconsistencies in the Girods’ permit application and unanswered environmental concerns.
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