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Hogs in a North Iowa confinement. 

CHARLES CITY | The Floyd County Board of Supervisors is asking Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Legislature to make changes in the state's master matrix that is used to regulate concentrated animal feeding operations.

Supervisors took the action at their meeting Tuesday.

Supervisor Mark Kuhn of Charles City, who helped develop the matrix when he was in the state Legislature, introduced the resolution seeking the changes.

Environmental groups such as Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) have lobbied for tougher standards and for local control of animal confinement policies.

Last year, Cerro Gordo County supervisors denied a request for a proposed hog confinement operation because they thought it was too close to residences and a wildlife area.

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But the Iowa Department of Natural Resources rejected the county's recommendation because the proposed operation met the requirements of the state matrix.

Also last year, a proposed Prestage Farms hog processing plant in Mason City was voted down by the City Council in a 3-3 vote in part because of citizens' concerns about the environmental impact.

The company then received approval to build the plant in Wright County. 

Floyd County is the third county in which supervisors have formally called for changes in the state matrix, joining both Allamakee and Winneshiek counties.

Last year, Webster and Pocahontas county officials wrote letters to legislators and the DNR calling for a moratorium on factory farms and changes to the master matrix. In addition, Johnson County officials also called for more local control.

CCI members and concerned residents are hopeful actions by boards of supervisors will help pressure legislators to change the matrix.

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