Hog farm expansions stimulate debate in Iowa


June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The debate between urban and rural interests in the state continues to play out as hog farms expand to keep up with strong demand for pork and manure. The Des Moines Register reports the debate may intensify in the next year because hog producers may expand herds to replace hogs lost to a deadly disease and take advantage of higher.

At the same time, activist groups like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will continue protesting hog farm expansions because of concerns about the environment and impact on neighbors. In rural Dallas County, Rob Manning is building a barn to hold 2,500 hogs.

Manning’s neighbor Eric Wessels worries about what the new hog barn and its odor will mean for his family’s quality of life.