LEBANON, Mo. (AP) __ Missouri’s Conservation Department celebrates the expansion of the trout hatchery near Bennett Spring State Park later this month.

The hatchery supplies trout that lure thousands of anglers every year to the park, which lies in south-central Missouri’s Dallas and Laclede counties. Officials expect the larger hatchery to produce about 60,000 more trout than the 300,000 it’s been producing each year.

The project expanded the hatchery from 1,200 to about 4,000 square feet, with roughly double the number of egg jars, troughs and tanks. The Conservation Department says the project cost $2.3 million, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service covering 75 percent.

A dedication ceremony for the Bennett Spring Hatchery is scheduled Sept. 22.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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