Officials in Turner County, S.D. have approved an egg farm that will house up to 2.5 million chickens in cage-free barns.
The county's Board of Adjustment on Tuesday unanimously approved the project that will be located near Parker.
The approval for the project proposed by Sioux Falls-based Sonstegard Foods comes with several requirements, including a disposal plan for potential bird-flu losses without composting carcasses and a promise to maintain odor and fly control measures.
The company had initially proposed a 6 million-bird operation. It sparked controversy and a lawsuit against the county and the company.
Some area residents still oppose the pared-down chicken farm, fearing harm to human health, the environment and property values.
The company still has to secure a permit from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.