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Illinois hog farm expansion notices already at half of 2015 total

From staff and wire reports

Illinois state Rep. Steve Andersson. R-Geneva, left, holds up a piglet that is 14 to 16 days old with third-generation hog farm owner Phil Borgic, center, and Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, right, during a legislative tour of a farrowing house by the Illinois Pork Producers Association at Borgic Farms in Raymond. Borgic Farms is looking to expand. Borgic says the expansion is being driven by demand from consumers and improved pork prices.
Illinois state Rep. Steve Andersson. R-Geneva, left, holds up a piglet that is 14 to 16 days old with third-generation hog farm owner Phil Borgic, center, and Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, right, during a legislative tour of a farrowing house by the Illinois Pork Producers Association at Borgic Farms in Raymond. Borgic Farms is looking to expand. Borgic says the expansion is being driven by demand from consumers and improved pork prices. AP

Hog producers in Illinois have already filed half as many expansion notices with state regulators as they did all of last year.

According to the state Department of Agriculture's website, there were 61 intent-to-construct applications filed so far in 2016. There were 122 such applications for the entirety of 2015.

Final regulatory say on new Illinois hog farms is with the state Department of Agriculture, which notes there are usually 100 to 120 applications for new and expanded hog operations each year.

During the 2015-16 time frame, there have been three intent-to-construct notices filed for hog operations in the metro-east. All three are in Washington County. Most of the intent-to-construct notices for the metro-east region involve beef and dairy operations, particularly in Clinton County.

Phil Borgic, who has a hog operation near Raymond, said the expansion is being driven by demand from consumers and improved pork prices. He said exports to Asia have played a part in heightening demand for pork from the state.

Borgic expects to add a facility or two to his operation.

“We’re looking for locations,” Borgic said Monday while showing a group of Illinois lawmakers through facilities. “I want to find something in Montgomery or Macoupin County. I'd like to keep the operations close to our people.”

Legislative tours are part of a strategy from the Illinois Pork Producers Association. Executive director Jennifer Tirey said tours particularly focus on urban and suburban lawmakers.

Producers also are encouraged to put out their message to members of the public, particularly when there's planning of new facilities, to help steer clear of controversy that can surround building of hog farms.

“It’s part of our proactive approach,” said Tirey. “We encourage them to talk to the residents, to talk to the county board, before it gets to that point.”

In 2012, Illinois was the fourth-biggest state for hog production with $1.5 billion in annual sales, per the most recent census of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Illinois Department of Agriculture intent-to-construct notices for region, 2015-16:

BOND COUNTY:

▪  Owner's Name: Frank Doll

Closest Town: Millersburg

Facility Name: Doll's Dairy

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 272

Project Status: Approved

CLINTON COUNTY:

▪  Owner's Name: Dave Huelsmann

Closest Town: St. Rose

Facility Name: D & M Beef LLC

Project Species: Beef

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 299

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Neal & Sarah Tebbe

Closest Town: Jamestown

Facility Name: Neal & Sarah Tebbe

Project Species: Beef

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 100

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Alan & Karen Timmermann

Closest Town: Breese

Facility Name: Alan & Karen Timmermann

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 522

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Kyle Hilmes

Closest Town: Carlyle

Facility Name: Kyle Hilmes Farms

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 180

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Danny & Mary Hugo

Closest Town: Hoffman

Facility Name: Greenville Livestock Inc

Project Species: Beef

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 3200

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Stanley & Joseph Kalmer

Closest Town: Damiansville

Facility Name: Stanley & Joseph Kalmer

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 349

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Tim Wesselmann

Closest Town: Carlyle

Facility Name: Tim Wesselmann

Project Species: Beef

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 350

Project Status: Inactive

▪  Owner's Name: Corey Hilmes

Closest Town: St. Rose

Facility Name: Corey Hilmes

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 359

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Phillip Arentsen

Closest Town: Damiansville

Facility Name: Arentsen Dairy Inc

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): Not listed

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Randy Pingsterhaus

Closest Town: Albers

Facility Name: Randy Pingsterhaus

Project Species: Not listed

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 52

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Tim Wesselmann

Closest Town: Carlyle

Facility Name: Tim Wesselman

Project Species: Beef

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 350

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Jerry Diekemper

Closest Town: Carlyle

Facility Name: Diekemper Bros. Inc

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 833

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Eric Varel

Closest Town: Bartelso

Facility Name: Varel Dairy

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 2130

Project Status: Pending

ST. CLAIR COUNTY:

▪  Owner's Name: Marvin Parker

Closest Town: Hecker

Facility Name: Parker Dairy

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 335

Project Status: Approved

WASHINGTON COUNTY:

▪  Owner's Name:

Larry A. Hermanns

Closest Town: Tilden

Facility Name: Hermanns Farm

Project Species: Swine

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 633

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Barb Brinkmann

Closest Town: New Minden

Facility Name: Pine Road Pork

Project Species: Swine

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 296

Project Status: Approved

▪  Owner's Name: Steven Borrenpohl

Closest Town: Venedy

Facility Name: Borrenpohl Dairy

Project Species: Dairy

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 364

Project Status: Pending

▪  Owner's Name: Jeff Heckert & Ryan Ruggles

Closest Town: Stone Church

Facility Name: Jeff Heckert

Project Species: Swine

Total Site Animal Units (including Project Animal Units): 2508

Project Status: Approved

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