KINGDOM CITY, Mo. (AP) -

KINGDOM CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed hog breeding operation in central Missouri are circulating petitions against the plan.

Eichelberger Farms of Iowa plans to buy 20 acres from a private owner just south of Interstate 70 for a 10,000-hog confined animal feeding operation. It would have about 7,600 breeding sows and 2,700 other female swine being raised for breeding.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports http://bit.ly/1iZCGzk the opponents want to show the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that they have broad support for fighting the breeding operation.

The opponents also believe they have found a 15-year-old agreement that blocks the private owner from selling the land for the facility.

However, David Eichelberger, president of Eichelberger Farms, says the petition drive won't change his plans.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com