For decades, Reicks View Farms has been raising lots and lots of hogs in Iowa. Reicks hopes to expand into northern Wisconsin and raise 26,000 hogs in Bayfield County.
The number of hogs qualifies the proposed farm, called Badgerfood, as a CAFO, or a confined animal feeding operation. It would be the first in the Lake Superior basin.
After a groundswell of concern, the Wisconsin DNR is conducting a comprehensive environmental impact study into the proposed operation.