Efforts readied to prepare Trigg agricultural effort into chicken farming before it begins
by Alan Reed
Jul 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries confirmed that William Yoder of Nortonville has an interest in building a fryer chicken farm within the boundaries of Trigg County.

Humphries said that the proposed farm would be on the border of Lyon County on Highway 93 off of Highway 139, and would cover about 125 acres. 50 of the acres of the property would fall within Lyon County. “He’s in the process of buying the farm, and wants to expand into raising chickens. This would include possibly two 500-foot poultry barns.”

According to Humphries, no Trigg County ordinance prevents Yoder from opening the facility, though he said that neighbors oppose the plan. “We have six pages of names opposing the chicken houses in the area.” He said that the petition includes approximately 100 names.

“People object because of the odor associated with the confined feeding facility. You can drive down the road and detect it. Chicken houses are hard to be around. The terrible odor associated with them causes the opposition to building them within this district.”

The Cadiz Record sought comment from Yoder on Monday. He did not respond to calls placed to his home prior to the press deadline.

“I have discussed this with him once the county became aware of his intentions. There is opposition to what he has planned,” said Humphries.

Yoder told the Lyon County Herald Ledger that he plans to build the chicken houses about three-quarters of a mile from the highway, and that “no one should smell them.” He added, “If a guy is careful then the runoff won’t get into the streams.”

“There are ways to limit the odor without keeping the facility out completely,” said Humphries. “We want to restrict the location and mandate ways to dispose of the manure.” Humphries said that he did not know any particular location within Trigg County more suitable for a poultry production facility than another.

“Most of these farms are run by families. There is no important economic impact through jobs and revenue,” said the Judge.

Follow this developing story from the beginning in the new Cadiz Record.
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