Court sides with farmer in fight with neighbors
A central Illinois farmer has been awarded more than $24,000 in damages after his neighbors tried unsuccessfully to stop construction of his large hog facility.
An Illinois appeals court awarded the damages to Robert Young of Rochester, increasing the $500 initially awarded by a circuit court in 2010.
The farmer first sought $297,000 for lost income, legal fees, delays and other costs. He runs a 3,600-hog facility for one of the nation's largest pork processers.
The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports that the 4th District Appellate Court returned the case to Sangamon County Circuit Court for the new award.
Neighbors in 2007 organized the Rochester Buckhart Action Group and filed a lawsuit. They claimed Young's hog facility would threaten health and the environment and would lower their property values.