9,200-head hog farm moves forward in northern Indiana county

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PERU, Ind. (AP) — A proposed 9,200-head hog farm is moving forward in northern Indiana despite opposition from residents who say it will hurt property values and environmentalists worried about its proximity to a large reservoir.

Farm Service Agency loan specialist Michael Priest says the project’s two barns have received all required permits from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Each will house up to 4,620 wean-to-finish pigs.

Boss Hog Barns and Snowhill Ridge plan to build the farm in Miami County about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from Mississinewa (mis-ih-SIHN’-uh-wah) Reservoir and the Miami State Recreation Area. Environmentalists worry farm runoff could impact both sites.

The Kokomo Tribune reports some residents fear the smell of hogs and manure will harm property values and the farm will impact their health and compromise critical water resources.

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