Some south east South Dakota residents are trying to head off a planned meatpacking plant in their area before a site for the facility is even chosen.
More than 200 people gathered Monday in a Beresford school to talk about First American Farms, which is considering locations in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa for a packing plant that would produce kosher and halal beef _ meat that meets Jewish and Muslim dietary rules. More than half a dozen people spoke out against the idea of the plant locating in Union
County, the Argus Leader reported.
“Why run more families off the farm?” said Jay Ahart, a retired farmer who said he declined the company’s offer to buy his land along Interstate 29 near Beresford. He said the planned $10 billion Hyperion oil refinery in the region already is dividing residents.
Woody Houser, a Realtor in Beresford who has been working with First American Farms, said the company has made offers on more than one site in Union County but no landowners have accepted…