Concentration of factory farms grows in Kansas, Missouri

The Kansas City StarDecember 30, 2010 

In Greeley County in western Kansas, voters last week overturned a 12-year-old referendum that prohibited large hog farms from locating there.

But in northwest Missouri, a new health ordinance in Andrew County now limits where factory farms can build.

The struggle over huge livestock farms continues to roil in Missouri and Kansas, and no wonder: a new report shows the two states in the middle of the growing concentration of factory farming.The report, “Factory Farm Nation, How America Turned its Livestock Farms Into Factories,” includes a map that pinpoints the areas nationally, by state and county, with the highest numbers of factory farm livestock. The northern half of Missouri is heavy on hogs; feedlot cattle are predominant in Kansas.

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