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WHOLESTONE FARMS

Opponents of the ban focused attention on involvement of POET's leader, Jeff Broin. Shift in message personalized the outcome of the vote.
Voters rejected a measure to ban any new animal processing plants in the city limits. The timeline for Wholestone Farms' planned facility is uncertain.
Wholestone Farms' plans for a $500 million pork processing plant will move forward. Customer butcher shop is up and running but timeline for further development is unclear.
Farmers, business leaders, politicians and residents all have a stake in the Nov. 8 election. But it's only a few thousand voters in the city limits that will make the decision.

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Processing hogs requires a tremendous amount of water. Opponents of a new slaughterhouse in the city limits say it will stress supply and raise concerns about the amount and quality of the discharge. Wholestone maintains modern design anticipates potential problems.
Agriculture community perplexed by POET's opposition to Wholestone Farms' plans for pork processing plant in the city. A few farmers writing letters to newspapers to send a message to Jeff Broin, CEO of the biofuels producer, and to the voters.
Friends of the Big Sioux River is remaining neutral in the Nov. 8 ballot question. The Sierra Club of South Dakota backs the ban citing concerns about threats to water quality.
Opponents of plans to build a pork processing plant in the city wanted city permits rescinded pending the voter's decision. Judge said the issue requires a full trial. Results of election will determine future legal action.
The court's decision likely delays any further progress on the custom butchery until after a citywide vote on Nov. 8.
The group's executive director says the contribution is unprecedented. The donation is included in the first campaign finance disclosure for Sioux Falls Open for Business.

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Smart Growth Sioux Falls is asking voters to stop any new facilities.
Footage includes progress on a small butcher shop and proximity to nearby businesses and landmarks. Sioux Falls voters will decide whether to ban future slaughterhouse in the city on Nov. 8.

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