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US (SD): Council considers to tweak ordenance to allow facility be used by indoor farm

As a South Dakota company is eyeing to produce crops in a vacant Mitchell building, the Mitchell City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance change today, November 7, that would allow the business to operate.

The city’s zoning codes lack a specific language for indoor crop production, which prompted city leaders to propose the council add it as a permitted use in specific zoning districts. The council will take action on the first reading of the ordinance during Monday’s 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

DGI Feeds is a company seeking to produce indoor crops in Mitchell. The Renner, South Dakota-based company, uses a hydroponic growing method to produce nutrient-rich grasses that are broken down into horse feed.

The Mitchell building DGI Feeds is seeking to transform into a production site is located at 1117 S. Langdon St. It offers more than 17,000 square feet and is situated in the central portion of Mitchell near neighboring businesses.

Craig Livingston, a representative with DGI Feeds, said during a recent city Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that the production facility in Mitchell would not act as a retail store. Livingston noted the horse feed products would be distributed from the production site.

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