Attorney General Koster appeals Arrow Rock hog farm ruling

Thursday, October 29, 2009 | 10:32 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing a trial court ruling that blocked a proposed hog farm from locating near Arrow Rock.

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce ruled in 2008 that a concentrated animal feeding operation could not be within 15 miles of the historic mid-Missouri village. Later, she narrowed the buffer to two miles. Existing farms in that radius were barred from expanding.

Koster, a Democrat, said Thursday he supports "expanded buffer zones" between the farms and state parks, waterways and historic sites. But he says Joyce's ruling raises questions about how to create the buffer zones. The appeal was filed Wednesday.

The Missouri Farm Bureau also has appealed. Environmentalists had urged state officials to not appeal Joyce's ruling.

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