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Hogs in a North Iowa confinement. 

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GARNER | The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has approved a construction permit application for a proposed hog confinement south of Corwith.

The county board’s unanimous decision came after a public hearing Monday, Feb. 26, where no verbal or written comments were received.

“I think it’s a wonderful site, nice choice,” said Supervisor Sis Greiman, after sharing she hadn’t heard any complaints about the permit.

The public hearing was set after the county board received a construction permit application from Snowflake Farms LLC, of Iowa Falls, for the proposed confinement feeding operation in Section 8 of Boone Township.

According to the application, Snowflake Farms plans to build two new 2,500-head deep-pit swine finisher confinement buildings at the site. The LLC is registered to a Des Moines attorney, according to Iowa Secretary of State records.

Darrell Hunt and Keith Kratchmer, representatives with Iowa Select Farms, were at the hearing.

“We’re here for questions that come up,” Hunt said. “We want to try to be able to answer them so everybody has the correct information on it.”

The proposed buildings earned a 465 score on the master matrix, the required framework for scoring such applications, said Andy Buffington, Hancock County Communications, Zoning and E911 director.

He said the score was verified during a site visit with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Thursday.

According to the DNR, producers in counties that have adopted the matrix must have 50 percent, or 440 points minimum of the total score, and at least 25 percent of the available points in the categories of air, water and community impacts to pass.

The master matrix supporting document states the proposed operation is at least 3,000 feet away from the closest residence, public use area, educational building, religious institution and commercial enterprise. There is no major water source within 3,501 feet of the proposed structures.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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