“I have four daughters that I am hopeful to provide for, with this farm. My oldest daughter, a recent college graduate, will have a promising future with this pig barn.”
Eleanor Basehoar has 4 daughters: One post-college, one in college, and two in high school.
• Eleanor is the 5th generation to farm this land and her daughters are the 6th generation.
• She has worked for the USDA Agriculture Research Service laboratory in Peoria for over 30 years.
• She was born and raised in Peoria County on her family’s farm. The same farm that Fred, her father, left for her and her daughters.
• Her plans to grow and diversify spur from the hope to give her daughters a place on the family farm.
• The oldest daughter, Evelyn, is a recent graduate of Western Illinois University and is coming back to the farm to build her career. She will live 1.5 miles from the pig barn, in Princeville.
Construction and Operation Oversight
• The barn will be home to 2,480 head of pigs.
• The barn will be constructed per stringent standards and is fully compliant with the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) governed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA).
• IDOA representatives will inspect the farm before construction and will continue to routinely check during construction and post-construction.
• Once in operation, the farm must continue to comply with the IL Environmental Protection Act, enforced by the IL EPA, and can be inspected at any given time.
• The manure will be stored in an eight foot deep concrete pit built according to engineering standards in the LMFA, which ensure the protection of the environment.
• Manure will be used to fertilize nearby corn and soybean fields.
• Manure will be applied under the soil per a nutrient management plan, which ensures an accurate ratio of manure to soil, providing a very sustainable system.
• Pigs will enter the barns weighing around 12 pounds, where they will be housed for six months until they reach market weight of approximately 280 pounds.
• They receive feed and water through paddle feeders, which greatly reduce water usage.
Safety and Well Being
• The barn is set back from the road to minimize interference.
• Computer controlled ventilation will properly control the temperature and humidity levels in the barns to give the pigs a comfortable environment.
• The barns will be completely cleaned and disinfected after each group of pigs.
Local Economic Benefits
• The hog farm will support jobs in the community pertaining to the construction of the barn, milling, and delivery of feed, and transporting the pigs.
• Local tax revenues to Peoria County are estimated at more than $9,000 per year in new money with a
large percentage going to the Princeville CUSD #326.
• This hog farm will produce over 380,000 (5-7 oz.) pork chops and over 5 million slices of bacon per year, feeding the local community and beyond!
• In one year, the pigs will consume approximately 48,000 bushels of corn and 6,000 bushels of soybeans, grown by local farmers.
• Eleanor is working with the solar company Trajectory, on a project that upon completion, will provide electricity to the Village of Princeville.
Support to Illinois Businesses
• The construction of this pig barn will include materials sourced from multiple Illinois businesses. Materials include:
• Rock from Local Quarry + Rock Haulers
• Feed Mill (Using Local Grains)
• Well Service