COLUMBUS – Platte County could be seeing some growth in the poultry industry, following Lincoln Premium Poultry’s growth in Dodge County.
Officials from Lincoln Premium Poultry, along with local farmers, were not required to meet with county supervisors, but did so Tuesday morning, to inform them of the addition to the county. Twelve chicken grow houses look to be placed in a rural farm area, in the southeast portion of the county, said officials.
The farmers will be strictly growing chickens, which will be given to them by Lincoln Premium Poultry, and then will be delivered back to them when they reach the correct size, said officials after the meeting.
Supervisors asked if the smell would be an issue, and officials said that Lincoln Premium Poultry has strict rules regulating where farmers can place the houses, and says if they are within a certain distance of a neighbor, they need approval from the neighbor to place the grow house. LPP officials say they also use a scent tracker from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, that helps them track which ways smells will carry, and make sure the smell will not be an issue.
Supervisor Jim Scow noted towards the end of the conversation that this could provide a nice boost for local corn/grain farmers, with another option to sell their product.
Lincoln Premium Poultry is currently working on building an operation southeast of Fremont in Dodge County.