Unsure about Missouri chicken farm plan
Ozbun Farms, owned by Michelle and Rodney Ozbun, has
asked the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a permit to build four
pullet houses between Roaring River State Park and Eagle Rock.
The operation, which would produce 65,000 chickens, would be operated under
a contract with George's Farms Inc.
However, there are concerns that anything put on the ground will flow into
Roaring River because every creek in the area flows into the river.
A group in Arrow Rock has formed Citizens to Protect State Parks and
Historic Sites. The group has contacted residents of Eagle Rock who oppose the
construction of the chicken farm.
However, Floyd Gilzow
, deputy director for policy at the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources, said the department cannot treat proposed
corporate farms near Missouri's state parks and historic sites differently from
any other property owner in the state.
The director of the department's Water Protection Program, Ed Galbraith,
said the permit would be issued if it meets all the requirements of Missouri's
Clean Water Law.
Michelle Ozbun said her proposed farm would be closely regulated by the
state. "If I do anything that is wrong, they can shut me down," she said
recently. "I am going to register this farm as a century farm. I am not going to
do anything that could cause me to lose my farm. We will play by the
The chicken houses will be enclosed, there will be no runoff, and "no land
will be impacted," she said.
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