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Man Withdraws Johnson County Hog Application

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa — A man who planned to add over 2,000 hogs to his swine operation near the Cedar-Johnson County line has withdrawn his application. Ray Slach made the move just moments before a public hearing on the matter was set to begin Thursday morning.

Slach wanted to add a swine operation near one of his existing hog operations. The project would have brought the animal capacity to more than 4,800, which would have required county and state approval.

Dozens of people still packed a county board of supervisors meeting to weigh in on the issue.

Slach still can act on the matter, although it’s not clear if he will. If the confinement is moved 900 feet he would be able to bypass the county, supervisor Janelle Rettig said.

Rettig said if the operations are a total of 2,500 feet away there is nothing the county can do. The state would have the power to override the county’s recommendation.

“All that’s going to happen is they’re going to move it 900 feet away,” she said.

Slach was not at the meeting for comment.

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