Appendix B: Times-News Articles About Poultry Plant Permitting Process

Chicken processing plant delayed during permit process

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Chicken processing plant delayed during permit process
Joshua Palmer Times-News writer | Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:00 am A chicken-processing plant that was slated to be built south of Burley this summer has fallen behind schedule due to delays in the permitting process, say Burley city officials. A spokesman for Magic Valley Poultry International said in June that the company planned to build a 3.5 million square foot chicken processing plant near Burley High School during the summer. However, with summer coming to an end, officials say the permit process is still a couple of weeks away from completion. Part of the difficulty surrounding the permit process is the size and scope of the project, said Doug Manning, economic development director for the city of Burley. "It's just so damn big, so it's going to take time to go through the process," Manning said. The proposed facility, which will be built on 83 acres near Burley High School, will have the capacity to process up to 12,600 chickens per hour - churning out poultry products that will be sold to both foreign and domestic markets. As part of the permit process, the plant is required to receive county approval under a CAFO ordinance for poultry. The plant is expected to create about 1,000 new jobs, with an annual payroll of about $30 million, Manning said. During a town meeting in June, manning compared the scope of the plant to that of Micron in Boise, saying, "We believe Magic Valley Poultry will do for the Mini-Cassia area what Micron did for Boise." However, the poultry market has changed significantly during the past three months. An oversupply of pork has driven the price of chicken down in recent weeks. The industry anticipated that the summer season would boost chicken prices. However, breast meat is still selling for around $1.50 a pound, down from around $1.65 a month ago. Manning said he did not know if Magic Valley Poultry planned to scale back the operation amid a declining poultry market. He estimated that the permits will be completed within two weeks. "I just hope we have an Indian Summer, so that we can get started on construction,"Manning said. Joshua Palmer may be reached at 208-735-3231 or at jpalmer@magicvalley.com

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12/17/2009 10:43 AM

COLUMN: Poultry plant begins moving - again

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COLUMN: Poultry plant begins moving - again
By Joshua Palmer | Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 1:00 am Doug Manning has played a pivotal role in bringing businesses to Burley. But Magic Valley Poultry stands out as one of the most complicated and lengthy projects he has ever worked on. “I don’t think I’ve seen a project take this long, but then again, I don’t think we ever worked on a project this big,” Manning said. That’s saying something. As the city’s economic development director, he helped attract major employers like Gossner Cheese, Pacific Ethanol, Hy Line and Dutchman. Each business employs more than 100 people. In contrast, Magic Valley Poultry is expected to employ up to 1,000 people, with an annual payroll of about $30 million. It’s been labeled the Micron of Mini-Cassia. But the project has been delayed more than a year over disagreements between its partners and a lengthy permitting process. The proposed 3.5 million square foot facility will process up to 12,600 chickens per hour. But you can’t just slap an operation like that anywhere you want. The facility needs county approval under Cassia County’s new Confined Animal Feeding Operations ordinance. “First the partners needs to figure out just how many chickens will be at the plant, then they can apply for the permit,” Manning said. There’s just one problem — the partners are in the legal process of buying each other out. Why? Nobody outside of the partners and their attorneys really knows. But it’s a safe bet the disagreements that delayed the project are now leading to a parting of ways. But the project is still moving forward. Manning said. “Iwould say that the permit process will be completed within 90 to 120 days,” he said. Joshua Palmer may be reached at jpalmer@magicvalley.com

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12/17/2009 10:49 AM

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