Premium Standard Farms reaches settlement in Northern MO
Attorneys for Premium Standard Farms and hundreds of northern Missouri residents have reached a settlement of lawsuits over odors from large hog operations.
Terms of the agreement announced Thursday by Princeton-based Premium Standard and some 287 plaintiffs were not disclosed. Lawyers said in a joint statement that the installation of odor control systems at the company's confinements was a major factor in reaching the settlement.
Premium Standard has already paid millions of dollars to property owners who complained their quality of life was ruined by strong odors from the company's hog confinement operations. That includes a March 2010 verdict that awarded 15 residents a total of $11 million in a lawsuit heard in Kansas City.