DAILY WISCONSIN

Agriculture

CHEATED: Trump Farm Aid Dollars Meant for Wisconsin End up in Ag Secretary’s Southern Region

The GAO report shows that much of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) farm assistance dollars went to states in the southern US. Aid from that program went to 870,400 farmers who received average funding of $16,500. The highest average payments, the report shows, went to Georgia farmers, who received $42,500 per farmer. In contrast, 29,409…

Big Ag makes its pitch

Big Ag’s biggest players benefit from making consumers think a food shortage is imminent if they’re made to shut down. Here are the facts > https://t.co/I4WWakF3F1 #WIRight #wipolitics #wiunion #ReopenAmerica — Wisconsin Strong (@WisconsinStrong) April 27, 2020          

No thanks, Mike

Donald Trump’s trade war exacerbated our farm crisis, forcing 10% of Wisconsin farms to close their doors last year, yet Mike Pence would have us believe he has the best interests of farmers at heart. We are tired of being lied to. #wipoliticshttps://t.co/zaDsW7fL0p — For Our Future WI (@ForOurFutureWI) January 27, 2020      …

Animal Waste

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in Kewaunee County. New research by U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt shows nitrate and coliform in the water mostly comes from agriculture — and not human waste.

“Where we see the strong relationships, the strong linkages, those are with agricultural factors. So that would suggest that agriculture is primarily responsible for those two contaminants,” he said in an interview

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Borchardt’s study found that the No. 1 risk factor for contamination was the proximity of a well to a manure storage pit. Borchardt said the closest well in the study was 150 feet from a manure pit, but even wells three miles away still have some risk of being contaminated with coliform.

Via Most nitrate, coliform in Kewaunee County wells tied to animal waste @ WisconsinWatch.org.

Factory Farm Threatens Tourism

“Opponents of a proposed massive factory farm sited in Wood and Adams counties are working on several fronts to stop the proposed Wycocki CAFO or Concentrated (Confined) Agricultural Feeding Operation in the Town of Saratoga. One campaign has citizen groups reaching out to promote the tourism and and recreational potential of the region, located at…

Factory Farm Plan Destroys Residential Home Market

Writes Cain-Carrell in her Facebook page:

This evening I spoke with a Saratoga resident that has their home up for sale. Shortly after listing the home, they received a full price offer. They accepted. The realtor disclosed a little info on the CAFO to the buyer from Illinois and [their] family backed out. Every perspective buyer LOVES the home and feels its 300K + price tag is a fair price … BUT HAVE NO INTEREST IN LIVING NEAR THE PROPOSED GOLDEN SANDS DAIRY. Wysocki Companies, you have no right to hold our community hostage!!! GO AWAY & STAY AWAY.

Via Proposed Industrialized Farm Kills $300,000 Home Sale in Wood County @ MAL Contends . . .

Factory Farmers Demand Water for Spraying Cow Manure

SB 291 is the end game of Republican strategy to pose as protectors of groundwater while directing the newly polluter-friendly Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) to expedite permits for high-capacity wells drawing more than 100,000 gallons of groundwater a day.

Krug’s spin is reported in a largely uncritical piece by Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on October 9.

The water is used by industrialized agriculture (Concentrated (Confined) Agricultural Feeding Operations) and other large industrialized agricultural corporations combining the water with cow manure and sending back into the environment millions of gallons of liquid and aerialized cow manure with often tragic health and environmental consequences.

Via Scott Krug’s Betrayal—Sponsors Bill to Plunder Groundwater @ MAL Contends…