La CROSSE — Rush County residents took to the polls Tuesday to answer a special question about whether swine production facilities should be allowed on agricultural land.

Despite concerns being publicly expressed over a proposed hog farm expansion just south of the Ellis County line, voters said “yes” to Tuesday’s question by a margin of 86 votes, pending an official canvas and counting of provisional ballots.

The question read: "Shall a corporation, trust, limited liability company, limited partnership or corporate partnership be allowed to, either directly or indirectly, own, acquire or otherwise obtain or lease any agricultural land in Rush County for the purpose of establishing a swine production facility?"

The unofficial results show 558 voters in favor of allowing hog farms, with 472 “no” votes.

Bison Rush Genetics LLC has proposed a large confined animal feeding operation nearly 2 miles southwest of the small town of Pfeifer, just inside Rush County.

The current hog farm would be expanded from just less than 4,000 swine to more than 24,400.

Rush County voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was 51 percent, according to results from the county clerk’s office.

Voters in La Crosse also rejected a proposal to establish a recreation center. A total of 207 voters opposed the measure, which would have generated an annual tax not to exceed 4 mills, with 190 in favor.