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Controversial hog confinement is approved

DAWSON, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa farmer has reached an agreement with state regulators to build two large hog confinements near Dawson.

There has been a months-long battle over Robert Manning Jr.'s proposal. Some neighbors and county officials opposed the plan, and the state Environmental Protection Commission voted in August to block it.

The deal reached on Tuesday means the structures can be built. But, it requires environmental considerations including tree lines, grass buffers and restrictions on when manure from the confinements can be spread.

Manning, of Granger, says the confinements will have room for 15,000 hogs which will be owned by Minnesota-based Cargill. He says his plan is to produce enough manure to fertilize 7,000 Dallas County acres.

Construction could begin this fall.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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