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Crowd Attends Meeting for Propose Spencer Co. Turkey Farm

Concerned neighbors and residents hear plans for a proposed turkey farm in southern Indiana.
Concerned neighbors and residents hear plans for a proposed turkey farm in southern Indiana. Dozens showed up at South Spencer High School discussing the future of the massive farm.

Joseph Parker, president and manager of J.T. Parker Farms, wants to build a facility capable of housing more than 56,000 turkeys. Neighbors voiced many concerns including the potential smell and pollution.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says today's meeting was purely informational.

"We're just here to carry out the rules and regulations for the state," said Barry Sneed of IDEM, "and listen to citizens and to help them understand and how they can have a voice. And also, at the same time what were limited to to consider for a permit."

The farm location is near the intersection of County Road 850 west and Base Rd.

Neighbors have 10 days to talk about concerns. IDEM has 90 days to make a decision on the permit.
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