TONGANOXIANS TANGLE WITH TYSON OVER PROPOSED POULTRY PLANT

The announcement of a proposed $320 million poultry complex in eastern Kansas has nearby residents broiling mad.Tyson Foods announced Tuesday that it would build its seventh facility in Kansas near Tonganoxie, about 30 miles west of Kansas City.  Doug Ramsey, group President of Poultry for Tyson Foods, commented on why the area south of Tonganoxie was selected…

However, several of Tonganoxie’s 5,000 residents turned out to the news conference to boo the announcement.  The Kansas City Star reports that those residents displayed signs of protest, alleging concerns of smell, animal cruelty, and secrecy.  The Star quoted Tonganoxie’s school board president as saying that the district might not be ready to deal with a sudden jump in student population, possibly double what it currently is.

Tyson Foods will construct a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill over the next two years, and employ approximately 1,600 people and contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens.  Officials with the Springdale, Ark.-based company expect to break ground on the facility this fall. It’s currently scheduled to begin production in mid-2019.

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