DAILY WISCONSIN

Agriculture

Hiding land sales to factory farms

Now the Wisconsin DNR “parcels for sale” website has been changed to hide to whom and when the sales took/will take place, the description of the land, and replaced by a link to a site entitled “Wisconsin Surplus [exit DNR],” in an effort to block information about public land Walker wants auctioned.Walker has been pushing for codifying foreign ownership of Wisconsin public lands for years in his effort to negate a 127-year-old Wisconsin law limiting such foreign ownership.

Via MAL Contends . . .: Scott Walker—DNR Webpage Hides Land Sales, Sell-off of Wisconsin Goes On.

Dairy industry turns on Walker

This shift on immigration policy has caused a backlash from some in the dairy industry, with some saying the governor’s new positions would threaten their livelihoods if he became president..John Rosenow owns a dairy farm with roughly 1,000 cows in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.

In a state with nearly 10,000 dairies, Rosenow’s operation is one of the largest, and he has no illusions about what would happen if Walker’s positions took effect. “Of course, his proposals, as he mouthed them, would put us out of business, and it would put most dairy farmers in the state out of business.”

Currently, half of Rosenow’s 20 employees come from outside the United States. He says that most of them come from the same area in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.

Via Scott Walker’s new immigration hard line could harm Wisconsin’s farmers @ The Guardian.

Families fight factory farms

Families in central Wisconsin working to stop an industrialized factory farm from beginning operation know one outcome is certain.

With the inception of a Concentrated (Confined) Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) comes pollution to water, air and earth to which children are especially susceptible.

Academics call these health and environmental costs, negative externalities.

Families call them mortal threats to children and health—as in Kewaunee and Door counties in northeastern Wisconsin.

Via MAL Contends . . .: Farmers investing in community earn respect, Polluting CAFO?s have none.

Ordinary residents threatened, attacked for opposing factory farms

Residents in Wood and Adams counties in central Wisconsin working to halt a massively polluting proposed industrial dairy operation, a CAFO, are crime victims being met by a new spate of theft, criminal destruction, intimidation and a possible cyber attack on a home in the Town of Saratoga. (Madden, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune) Via Homes…

What’s in your water?

Soon after Walker took over and ordered the Wisconsin DNR to behave with a “chamber of commerce mentality,” the Legislature followed suit with a bill than unwound years of citizen/industry cooperation by greatly extending the time frame for the removal of waterway-choking, algae-feeding phosphorus chemical discharge pollution. Via Quickie hearing 5/12 presages even slower WI…

Dead Zones

Runoff is the state’s most serious water pollution problem. In Green Bay, pollutants from farm fields and other sources have helped create a dead zone, an area so low in oxygen that it can’t support most aquatic life. Via Scott Walker's budget cuts $5.7 million from runoff pollution remedies @ JSOnline.

A year without vast piles of filth

Bayfield County message to proposed Iowa-based CAFO owners: "Leave, don’t consider coming back and take your pig [shite] with you," as Wisconsin lives in fear of a CAFO moving next to their residence or farm, advised by Iowa farmers that stopping the proposed Badgerwood LLC CAFO before it begins is the only solution Via Bayfield…

Who’s up for manure-polluted water?

Across Wisconsin people are objecting to the fresh waters being polluted by pathogen-laden and oxygen-depleting liquid cow (and now proposed swine) manure fouling streams, rivers, and aquifers, creating growing dead zones in lakes where fish once swam. Via Clean Water Activists Carry Fight Across Wisconsin @ MAL Contends . . ..

Big Ag pushes vast swine farm public rejects

View image | gettyimages.com And if the attendees are any indication, a proposed swine concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO) is about as popular an idea in this picturesque Lake Superior county as the millions of gallons of liquid pig manure the CAFO would produce annually by the projected 14,625 hogs. (Mullen, Ashland Daily Press) Out…

You contaminate it, you pay for it

Because manure applied to farm fields is no longer a crop fertilizer when it seeps into private wells and contaminates the water supply, the court majority ruled that Wilson Mutual Insurance Company’s general farm liability policy for Robert and Jane Falk excluded coverage for damage to their neighbor’s water supplies in Washington County. Via Supreme…

Bad is good, wrong is right

At some point in the near future look for the PR mavens of industrial agriculture to assert liquid cow and swine manure are good for you and your children and that pathogens are beneficial. This is because of the ascendency of industrial agriculture model (concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO)) and the somnambulistic nature of American…