Old Farmer and leaveagalone: Thank you both for reading this story and visiting AgWeb.com. We appreciate your taking the time, even when we don’t all agree. I would like to take a moment to point out a couple of things (clarification, if you will) said here in the comments. This is strictly personal because my family raises hogs.
First, I’d like to point out that according to data from the latest Census of Agriculture, 97% of farms in the U.S. (confinement operations included) are family owned. As stated, my family raises hogs in confinement barns. We have 10 hog barns on 5 separate sites, barns being of various sizes. My in-laws live less than a quarter mile south of one hog barn site. My sister-in-law lives maybe a half mile east of another site. I live approximately a mile and a half west of one site and we have a neighbor (within 2 miles of us) who literally has a 4,800-head hog barn in their backyard, like 1,000 feet from their back door. These are just a few examples from our little area of the world, but I know of several others scattered across the Midwest that do have hog barns in their backyard. Old Farmer, I do not disagree with you concerning the right to live where you want to live. However, there are certain give and take rules that apply. One example, if the smell is terribly bad when they spread manure, it could be how they are spreading it that is the problem. Some use an irrigation gun to spray the fields, this is the smelliest method as it shoots the manure through the air like a huge sprinkler system. I don’t recommend this method (we used it ages ago) because you lose so much of your nutrients to evaporation that it hardly seems worth the time. Instead, maybe you should discuss knifing in the manure with your hog farmer neighbor. This is the method we use. It drastically reduces odor and considerably increases nutrient efficiency because the manure is injected into the ground. You also have greater nutrient control with this method.