Animal Ag Advocates

1 decade 10 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, June 28 2007 Jun 28, 2007 Thursday, June 28, 2007 4:44:27 PM CDT June 28, 2007 in News

Massive hog farms have made for some angry neighbors in mid-Missouri. The smell, the noise, and the sheer size of some farms is at issue.

A lunch discussion gave the Auxvasse community a chance to learn about the issue.

County ordinance limits the number of animals on a farm and the use of the waste produced.

Greg Sharpe, president of the Missouri Soybean Association, said, "The family, the farm that we are visiting today, they've done an excellent job of dealing with all of these issues and managing their waste and showing that large numbers of swine can be produced right here in the state."

Farmers want people to know how they run the industry and show it's a safe and fruitful business.

Kenny Brinker owns several farms.

"Our problem is that, there's so many different divisions or people in our society who don't really understand what livestock operation involves and what it takes to put on together," said Brinker.

With more than $1 billion in economic impact, the pork business provides more than 32,000 jobs in Missouri. Animal agriculture also consumes 30 percent of Missouri's corn production.

"This is our number one customer, the livestock industry is our number one customer," Brinker said.

Brinker said there's more work to do when it comes to reaching out to the community but hopes it will change by the time his son takes over.

"We're fortunate that our kids now really want to come back to this type of lifestyle and continue our legacy on raising livestock and being in production agriculture," said Brinker.

The groups will hold twenty meetings through September.

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