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HARRISON — A public hearing is planned in Harrison on a proposed regulation that would ban large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.

The meeting is set for Tuesday evening in Harrison. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is considering a new regulation that would ban farms with 750-plus hogs weighing 55 pounds or more and farms with 3,000 or more hogs weighing less than 55 pounds.

The rule change was proposed by the Ozark Society and the Public Policy Panel. The proposal wouldn't shut down existing farms but would ban an increase in the number of hogs at those facilities.

In April, the panel approved a six-month moratorium on permits for new facilities as it studies the issue.

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  • RaylanGivens
    June 16, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

    Please make this happen!!!!!

  • FreeSpiritMan
    June 16, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

    Jesse .... at least we agree on one subject.

  • carpenterretired
    June 16, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

    Just more big government rules to regulate big hog business .

  • RaylanGivens
    June 16, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

    We probably agree on more than you think Bill

  • Populist
    June 16, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.

    We MUST protect the Buffalo!

  • searkie
    June 17, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

    This is not a real solution to the existing problem. The Buffalo River as we have know it is at stake. There are many places that hog farms can locate that would not destroy a natural resource and national treasure. If you think these little pigs can't hurt much, buy you a few 35 pound pigs and keep them for a month.

  • skhemer
    June 23, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

    if we put the hog litter on the pot all u tree hugging hippies would smoke it my family has been here since 1830s the guys with the farm just as long we have raised 6-8 genrations here we have been good stewards to the land if u come here and like it thank one of us the worst mistake we ever made was letting the park service come in we would have been better off with a lake but that would have flooded our hay fields so we would not had a place to put our hog poo one of the leaders of the save the buffalo has a blue berry farm at little buffalo river above parthnon he uses litter and saw dust on his organac blueberrys alot of facts u folks dont know bout newton co