The Adams County Board has given a Lima farmer their approval to build a 5,000 hog confinement operation on his property.
Tuesday night members voted to send their recommendation to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, who will have the final say.
Owner Daron Duke had a lot of criticism from neighbors. Many who spoke at a public meeting last week and then again at Tuesday's meeting, saying the farm would decrease their property values and cause issues with water and odor.
Board Chairman Les Post says eight criteria had to be met for the confinement to be approved.
"I feel satisfied that they're met, and I think that obviously the rest of the board thinks so too. And I think not only the public meeting, but I've had some discussions with the gentleman with the Department of Ag, and I think the eight criteria have been met," said Post.
Duke says should he get final approval from the Department of Ag, he would like to begin construction right away.
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