The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved the permit for South Morgan Acres to be built in the northwest part of McDonough County.
The farm will be the home for up to 18,000 hogs. About 6,000 would be adults. The rest would be suckling pigs, many weighing less than 15 pounds.
Barbara Adams and her husband live less than 3,000 feet from the site. She says they already have one large hog farm about a mile away. She opposed construction of South Morgan Acres. The news the permit was approved made her “sick to her stomach.”
Opponents of a proposed large-scale hog farm in McDonough County can breathe a sigh of relief - at least for now.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture declined to issue a permit to South Morgan Acres, LLC, which would be built in the northwest part of the county. The state said it required more information about the farm.
In a letter sent to the owners on February 3, the Agriculture Department said:
“Our additional information request is as follows: