Board gives approval for 2,000-hog facility

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A central Indiana farmer is being allowed to start raising 2,000 hogs at a time despite the objections of some nearby residents.

A Bartholomew County zoning board voted 3-1 to give farmer Jeff Shoaf permission to build the confined feeding operation a couple of miles from the town of Hope.

The Republic reports nearly two dozen residents attending the board the meeting. Some raised worries that the hog facility would lower the water table in the area, cause odors and increase truck travel near their homes.

Kyle Shepherd defended his father-in-law's proposal, saying hog farms are part of country living.

The hog operation needed the board's approval because it is within a half mile of the small crossroads community of Old St. Louis, which is zoned residential.