- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Despite concerns from local residents, a county in southeastern South Dakota has approved the expansion of a hog facility.

The Yankton County Commission voted 4-1 on Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for the placement of a 2,400-head pork production barn southeast of Lesterville.

Residents and land owners have expressed concerns about an expanded operation, citing the smell they allege stems from poor stewardship by the current property owners. Representatives of the property owners say improvements have been made and they’ll continue improving in the future.

“They want to add on to bring it up to the level that is allowed by current zoning,” said Don Kettering, the commission’s chairman.

The 90-minute discussion at Tuesday’s meeting about the expansion is part of a larger debate over the future of expanded value-added agriculture in the county, the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan (https://bit.ly/2nDJOUT ) reported.

Kettering said the Yankton County’s planning and zoning department will be enforcing regulations, noting that other counties have been successful in the past.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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