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PLATTSMOUTH — A poultry breeding operation proposed near Elmwood would house approximately 65,000 chickens.

The Cass County Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Aug. 12.

The operation would collect eggs laid by hens and send them to a Fremont-area hatchery run by Lincoln Premium Poultry, said Jessica Kolterman, the company’s director of corporate and external affairs.

Lincoln Premium Poultry is working with Costco to build and operate a plant in Fremont to provide chicken for sale in warehouse stores.

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Workers would collect eggs daily at the Elmwood breeding operation to be trucked twice a week to the hatchery, Kolterman said.

The operation would include four barns on eight to 10 acres along U.S. 34 about 2 miles east of Elmwood, said Michael Jensen, the county’s zoning administrator.

Manure would be stored inside and removed once a year, Jensen said.

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