Company Says It Won't Close Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

Sep 8, 2014

Inside the C&H Hog Farm at Mount Judea near the Buffalo River.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Minnesota-based food processor Cargill says it has no plans to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the Buffalo River nearby.

A Cargill spokesman said Monday the company is committed to installing newer technology at its Mount Judea facility and has already self-imposed a moratorium on expansion of hog production in the watershed area.

At least four conservation groups have raised concerns that manure runoff could affect the quality of one of Arkansas' crown jewels.

The operation, C&H Hog Farms, Inc., is located on a tributary less than 10 miles from the river. The facility has some 2,500 sows and 4,000 piglets, all of which are owned by Cargill.