Thursday, May 8, 2008

Family's Land "Too Good" for Livestock

Board: Peach Bottom Twp. land too good for hogs

The Peach Bottom Township zoning hearing board Tuesday rejected a family's application to create a large hog farm on their property.

The board denied the Gemmill family's application to create a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, on their 120-acre farm in the 400 block of Gemmill Road.

The board based its decision on a township regulation that requires that CAFOs be placed on poor-quality farm ground.

The Gemmills planned to build the hog barn on land of higher quality than the board deemed appropriate. Read More

Producers know their land better than anyone. If this family was able to meet all of the permitting regulations, it should be up to them to determine the best use of that land. Private property rights continue to erode in this country and this is another example of it.

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