Lots of Ashland Residents Opposed to a Farm Expansion

At a public hearing today, people in Ashland shared their concerns about adding a slaughter house and a meat processing facility to a local farm.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 3:35 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 5:47 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.--The owners of the Uproots Farm want to add a chicken-slaughtering and meat processing facility on site.

A permit application to do so has been tentatively approved.

Many Ashland residents and neighbors of the farm are asking for that application to be denied.

A public hearing was held at the Auditorium of Jackson County today for those residents to share their opinions.

Krista Vetger, a co-owner of the farm spoke out today to attempts to assure her neighbors that all the proper steps have been taken.

She says that her property has been extensively toured and was found to be in compliance or regulations and suitable for expansion.

She says that this week she will be solidifying the waste management plan that some have concerns about.

Many people listening in and making testimonies today wore "don't uproot Ashland" stickers on their shirts.

They are worried about multiple things like erosion, smell, and water runoff into the Talent Irrigation District Waterway that runs right below the farm.

Neighbors spoke out about issues that they have already encountered with the farm in question.

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