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Neighbors worry about proposed confined feeding operation

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Plans for Bartholomew County's largest-ever confined feeding operation for hogs near Anderson Falls Park have neighbors worried about a reduction in their quality of life.

Crop producer William Gelfius of Hartsville wants a zoning exception for 11.7 acres on the north side of his 378-acre farm property along East County Road 200N. That would clear the way for the first 80- by 400-foot swine building capable of housing 4,400 head of wean-to-finish swine this year.

A second identical building could be built on the property within four years if market conditions warrant, said Justin Gelfius, the applicant's son. If and when the two barns are complete, the operation could house up to 8,800 hogs.

The Gelfius property is along the Bartholomew-Decatur County line about 1.5 miles northwest of Waynesburg, in Clifty Township.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.

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