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Comments sought on Freeborn County hog farm plans

September 21, 2018

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking the public to comment on the environmental review of a proposed swine expansion in Freeborn County.

John Perschbacher proposes to double his hog finishing facility near Alden, from 2,400 swine to 5,000.

The public may submit written comments on the environmental review through 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

The agency will have a public informational meeting on the proposed project on Sept. 25 at Alden City Hall, 174 N. Broadway. The meeting will start with an open house at 6 p.m. Presentations explaining the proposal, environmental review and feedlot permit will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for questions from the public.

Perschbacher plans to build a new 2,500-head swine finishing facility about 2 miles southwest of Alden. It would include one existing total confinement barn, the new total confinement barn, and a livestock watering well.

There are 18 homes and one commercial hair salon within a mile, with the nearest residence about 0.4 mile to the north.

The expanded feedlot would generate an estimated 2 million gallons of liquid manure annually that would be stored in concrete pits below the barns. Perschbacher would remove the manure in fall and apply it to farm fields as fertilizer.

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