Construction of CAFO hog farm in Monroe County sparks debate
MONROE COUNTY - Residents and county commissioners in Monroe County are at odds following the start of construction of a CAFO hog farm near Madison.
The farm is being built on the dead end of Monroe road and would house 400 animal units of hogs. According to Monroe County commissioners, about 10 baby hogs make up one animal unit.
Residents along the road are frustrated with the construction of the farm for a number of reasons. According to residents, they were not notified by the either county or the property owner of the farm.
The county commissioners argue otherwise, citing that the construction plans for the farm were documented in commission meeting agenda minutes as early as the end of May.
Residents have also expressed frustration over the toll the construction will take on the gravel road and the impact it will have on their day to day life.
"My goal, my neighbors goal would be to make sure it doesn't happen," Nancy Sumpter said. "Or for her to convince us if it does happen that we're going to be able to go outside, we are going to be able to use our pond, that we aren't going to have to worry about a child getting hit by a semi out on the road. I just, we obviously don't want it in our backyard."
According to the county commissioners, the construction falls within county ordinances.
"The community got together with the commission several years back and established these basic guidelines, and it is designed to protect the environment, it's designed to protect neighborliness so that theres not a lot of offensive odors," Ron Staggs said. "So we are hoping this will prove available for them."
In addition, because the farm will house less than 1,000 animal units, the Department of Natural Resources did not need to be notified of the construction.