FORT RECOVERY — A Mercer County swine and turkey facility has asked the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew its operating permit. An Auglaize County swine farm is also asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew its operating permit.
The Fort Recovery farm, Ralph Jutte Farms Inc., is located in the Upper Wabash Watershed. The farm can hold up to 3,800 swine – which may weigh more than 55 pounds – and 12,000 turkey starters at once. According to a draft permit submitted to ODA, the farm produces about 1.11 million gallons of liquid manure, 158 tons of turkey litter and 26 tons of mortality compost in a given year.
ODA will accept public comments and written requests for a public meeting through 5 p.m. April 24. Submit written comments to email@example.com or by mail to the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at A.B. Graham Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.
In Auglaize County, GJD, a swine finishing facility in New Bremen, can hold up to 4,000 swine, which produce about 3 million gallons of liquid manure and 16 tons of compost each year, according to an overview of the draft permit to ODA. The agency will accept public comments regarding the permit renewal through 5 p.m. April 29.