Minnesota activists join Arkansas hog farm fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Twin Cities environmentalists have joined a campaign asking a food processing company to relocate its Arkansas hog farm.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1oVtOLY) reports that nearly 850 Minnesota residents have sent letters to Cargill expressing concern about the Mount Judea facility's proximity to the Buffalo River. Conservationists in both Minnesota and Arkansas are concerned that manure runoff could taint the river.

The director of the National Audubon Society's Minnesota chapter says Minnesota has cultural heritage that allows residents to understand the impact of runoff and pollution.

The vice president of the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance says there are other places in Arkansas that would welcome the Minnesota-based company and its operation.

A Cargill spokesman says the company and its Arkansas hog farm have done nothing wrong. He says Cargill is listening to the concerns but has no plans to move.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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