TARKIO, Mo. (AP) — The long running dispute over hog farm odors in northern Missouri cost five Truman State University students their summer jobs.

The agriculture-science students thought they would be working as odor investigators, using scientific equipment to measure odors from several Premium Standard Farms operations.

But Truman State dropped the jobs out of concern that the students would get dragged into the dispute between Premium Standard and state officials.

Premium Standard has been fighting odor complaints in northern Missouri for two decades. Last year, Attorney General Chris Koster gave the company two more years to fix the odor problem.

The Kansas City Star reports that the students were to monitor Premium Standard to see if new clean-air technology it installed was working.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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