By: Christine Souders
More than 2,000 pigs could be moving in next door to some Milan, Illinois residents.
Crowl Farms wants to build a hog confinement operation along 42nd Street in rural Milan, and it isn't exactly getting a warm welcome from neighbors.
"I don't think anybody ever said they saw a beautiful pig and smelled a beautiful pig. They just stink," said Mary Frederiksen who told us the stench isn't her only concern about the proposed hog farm across the street.
Mary said she was looking forward to retirement by selling some of her land, and she told us living next to thousands of pigs could scare off potential buyers.
"We just love it out here, we in the 40 years have never thought that there would be anything this devastating and would keep us from selling the property if we needed the money."
Illinois' Department of Agriculture gave Crowl Farms the ok to move forward with plans earlier this month.
According to state regulations, the farm needs to be set back at least a half mile away residential homes.
"The state of Illinois has minimum standards that should not make it a concern for citizens," said Greg Thorpe, Rock Island County Zoning and Safety.
Thorpe said as long as Crowl Farms meets those standards the hog farm is allowed to be there, "We don't break them down individually with different types of row crops or farm animals, just agriculture activity."
Something, not sitting well with neighbors like Mary.
"They're fine in the right place, but this is the wrong place," said Mary Frederiksen.
Crowl Farms is still in the early stages of meeting state regulations for the proposed hog facility.
The farmer said on April 6th is holding an information meeting a for concerned neighbors.