Judge denies appeal of Lancaster County poultry farm application | Agriculture

A “zoning action in progress” sign marks the location of a proposed poultry operation at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road last year. A judge on Friday rejected an appeal of the County Board’s approval of the operation. A “zoning action in progress” sign marks the location of a proposed poultry operation at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road last year. A judge on Friday rejected an appeal of the County Board’s approval of the operation. The Lancaster County Board’s approval last year of a poultry farm in the southwest part of the county was legal and based on sound reasoning, a judge ruled Friday. Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson said in her ruling that the application by Randy Essink for an operation raising broiler chickens “not only meets, but exceeds the criteria for approval as set forth in the zoning regulations.” Essink last year applied to build four barns on land he owns at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road to hold approximately 190,000 broiler chickens that will be trucked to the Costco processing plant in Fremont. The application was approved 6-3 by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission and 3-2 by the County Board despi...

Ownership of cold storage space is consolidating to a degree that makes it difficult for small

Ownership of cold storage space is consolidating to a degree that makes it difficult for small processors of refrigerated and frozen products to find space for their goods, according to a report by Bloomberg. The Bloomberg article describes how Americold Realty Trust and Lineage Logistics, between them, have snapped up some 60% of the refrigerated and frozen warehouses in America. Private equity firms are aggressively pursuing deals for cold-storage facilities, which are in increasing demand in part because the push for home delivery of groceries requires more such facilities in wider distribution. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly harder for small processors, especially startups that are not in a position to sign long-term leases, to find space for their refrigerated and frozen products. In a speech to the Global Cold Chain Alliance, the owner of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, pioneer of salted-caramel ice cream, described how Americold twice kicked him out of its warehouses to make room for larger customers. The situation is exacerbated by a pricing structure, supported by sophisticated digital systems, that charges according to how full customers keep their allotted space...