County Commission to discuss hog farm proposal

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Ramsey County Commission will include a discussion of a letter of support for those who are seeking a public hearing about a proposed pig farm in Pelican Township.

Citizens there are concerned about property values and environmental worries associated with the proposed pig operation, while those in the surrounding area worry about the proposed farm’s possible impact on Devils Lake.

Ramsey County is unlikely to enter into any legal proceedings connected to the proposal. The county lost a case in 2008 concerning feedlot regulations and a 5,500-head farm in Edmore operated by Viking Pork. The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled in that case that “Ramsey County exceeded its authority...because the ordinance regulates more than the location of a feeding operation, the type of animals and size of the operation.”

The period for the public to comment to the North Dakota Dept. of Health concerning the application to operate the farm, filed by Tayler Aasmundstad of Grand Prairie Agriculture, remains open.

Aasmundstad is the son of former North Dakota Farm Bureau president Eric Aasmundstad, who served in the role for a dozen years before stepping down in 2011.