Odor problem pits hog farm operation against state of Missouri

On a snowy night in February, about 1,500 people packed a school gymnasium in northern Missouri to sound off about the owner of factory hog farms. Their message was clear: Leave Premium Standard Farms alone.

That’s a very different message from the one a jury delivered Thursday when it awarded $11 million to some farmers in the same area who complained of odors from a Premium Standard hog operation.

In northern Missouri, you are for Premium Standard or against it. Some people say they can’t smell anything. Others say it’s so bad it makes them sick.

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