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More large hog confinement facilities built in Iowa

22 September 2005

IOWA - The construction of large hog confinements hit a record high in Iowa this year as environmentalists and rural neighbors continued to protest the spread of the livestock farms. Driven by higher hog prices, many producers who scaled down or got out of the business, are again seeing the profit potential in raising hogs. State officials reported that 137 construction permits were issued for new livestock operations through August, a 59 percent increase over last year's record. For the third straight year, Iowa has issued a record number of permits for new livestock operations. Most of them were for confinements to house more than 2,500 hogs. Iowa, which has a $12 billion hog industry, is the nation's top hog producer. The industry provides 63,000 jobs. Livestock confinements remain the subject of bitter community quality-of-life debates that have divided residents in towns. Source: AgriNews

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