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Hog Operation Request Withdrawn

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A West Branch farmer has withdrawn his application to build a nearly 2,500-head hog confinement facility along the Johnson-Cedar county line.
   The Johnson County Board of Supervisors says Ray Slach submitted a letter to the group minutes before a Thursday meeting that would have involved public input on the issue.
   Slach had applied to build a second confinement building on his farm. The project would have brought the concentrated animal feeding operation's capacity to more than 4,800 head of swine.
   Slach could build the proposed facility further away from his current building and sidestep the permit process, but he has not indicated his plans. Slach did not immediately return a message left Thursday.
   Some residents have spoken in opposition to the building's construction.

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