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ELWOOD, KS – Merriam, KS-based Seaboard Farms Inc. received a unanimous vote from the Elwood, KS city council to proceed with plans to construct a $140 million hog processing plant in this northeast Kansas town.

The council voted 6-0 to rezone the property from agricultural to industrial use. An opposition group, Concerned Ciitzens of Doniphan County, went to the state court and sued to block the project, citing soil quality, other environmental concerns and character of the property.

Seaboard still needs to acquire several state and federal permits. However, construction is estimated to begin in about 60 days. Eventually the plant will employ about 2,300 people and about 4 million pigs will be slaughtered there each year.

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