Proposed hog lots eluding local control

DES MOINES - Proposed hog lots near Clear Lake and Spirit Lake are giving local residents a whiff of controversial rules passed by the Legislature four years ago.
calendar icon 28 July 2006
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The 2002 law was intended to balance agricultural interests and environmental concerns. One of the main authors of the plan says it was a great compromise. But critics say the law gives residents and local governments too little power to control what goes on in their backyards.

"Agriculture is such a huge part of our economy in this state, that we can't ignore it," said Sen. Stewart Iverson, R-Clarion, a former farmer who led the special panel that wrote the 2002 measure.

Source: The Tribune

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