Stop Hog Industry Giants!

Foreign-owned hog industry corporate giants want to set up shop in Polk County. In response, County Supervisors Brad Olson and Chris Nelson have crafted an ordinance that rolls out the red carpet for hog factory farm developers.

Using an old political trick, they are only letting citizens comment on the ordinance during the July 4th holiday. Please call their bluff!

Take a quick break from summer and tell Olson and Nelson that Polk County doesn’t need factories with 25,000 hogs. You have three ways to do it:

1.) Today – Record a video message (3-minute limit) on your phone and email it by July 6 to

2.) July 1 – Record a video comment at County Government Center between 2 and 8 pm

3.) July 8 – Speak to the Environment Services Committee at County Government Center at 10 am

Here are examples of the many problems with the Olson/Nelson hog ordinance:

· Developers are invited to house an infinite number of hogs and their waste just 200 feet from the neighbors.

· Families have no protection from millions of pounds of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia air pollution.

· Taxpayers will have to pay to clean up polluted water.

While Polk County can’t ban these huge hog factories we can pass an ordinance to protect our public health and property values. Bayfield County did it successfully in 2015. That ordinance is a great model of what Polk County could do.

For more information on hog factories and the Olson/Nelson ordinance:

Olson and Nelson are limiting public comments over the July 4th holiday so they can check all the boxes and wrap Polk County up in a ribbon for big ag.

They are hoping you are too busy celebrating independence to protect your family and property. Take 5 minutes to prove them wrong!