Letter to the editor: CAFOs are factories, not farms

By Lynn Gallagher, Solon The Johnson County supervisors are trying to protect the residents of Johnson County from the industry of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Because they don’t have local control, this is difficult. I fully support their efforts in the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) to limit CAFOs and to make sure that agricultural […]

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Letter to the editor: The new farm bill does little to protect the future of agriculture

In an uncharacteristically productive event, Congress has passed the farm bill, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Ruminant commentators are asking: What’s missing in the farm bill? Their answers demonstrate that it pays little or no attention to preserving the environment where agriculture lives.

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Iowa reaches ‘peak pig,’ as Trump’s policies damage the pork industry and the pork industry damages the environment

Iowa hit “peak pig” last month, according to figures just published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The state had 23.6 million pigs, an increase of 4 percent from 2017 and most ever recorded in any state. There are only 9.4 million pigs in North Carolina, the state that ranks second in swine. […]

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