ST PAUL, Minn. - a bus full of Fillmore County area community members went to Saint Paul to express their concerns to the assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Governor Mark Dayton. They are worried about the impact a large hog farm operation proposed to be built in Newburg Township could have on their communities.
Another community is also chiming in. Pastor Pam Seebach of the Newburg Methodist Church and Mabel Methodist Church gave a statement on behalf of the local Amish community. "We rely on clean water for our families, clean air for our children to play outside, and clean land for our livelihoods. We are concerned like most people that this proposed hog facility would harm our families and our way of life," she read.
If the facility's construction is blocked, community members say they will help other communities who don't want large animal agriculture facilities in their backyards.
"We care about each other as neighbors and our neighborhood doesn't just extend to the edge of our township. It's all of Minnesota; It's all of the karst region. We're in this together," says farmer Dayna Burtness.
Waukon Feed Ranch is the company hired to manage the day-to-day operations of the proposed Catalpa Hog Farm. Assistant general manager Daniel Dysktra tells KIMT the company has gone through all of the necessary legal measures when surveying the proposed site, and they will be doing their best to answer questions during the process.