DAILY WISCONSIN

Agriculture

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…

It’s just not that catchy

Unless we come up with a solution to the DBA’s pollution of our waters through CAFOs (Concentrated Agricultural Feeding Operations), and the DBA’s members’ sucking up Wisconsin’s fresh water through high capacity wells, Wisconsin will have a new state motto. Via Wisconsin’s Future Motto: ‘Don’t Drink the Water’—Unless We Act @ MAL Contends . .…

Nothing to see here

Reports Lundstrom, “the first reports of the spill were announced on Sept. 16, the DNR was saying area residents should not worry about groundwater contamination because the spill had been contained with berms. Eight days later, area residents received a letter from the county Health Department saying they should have their well water tested and…

Town facing Ag Business forced to check its water for pollutants

SARATOGA – The Saratoga Town Board is expected to consider a contract that would allow the installation of 10 monitoring wells — costing about $60,000 — around the Wysocki Dairy Farm at a meeting Wednesday…to detect whether the proposed concentrated animal feeding operation would hydraulically or chemically affect the local groundwater flow system… The wells…

Big Dairy dumps on ordinary people

The dairy CAFOs are a nightmare with many rooms of horror and one wishes this were hyperbole. One of the worst terrors is the deranged, systemic dynamic that Wisconsin’s former DNR runoff chief, Gordon Stevenson (2001-2011) terms “medieval”: Vectoring millions of tons of liquid cow manure into the aquifers and Wisconsin surface waters, including the…

And that keeps on giving

It takes a long list to include all the toxins dumped into Wisconsin waters (including drinking-water aquifers) by the special interests of the concentrated agricultural feeding operations (CAFOs), the Dairy Business Association and the Frac Sand Industry (VanEgeren, Capital Times). Via Scott Walker’s Contributors’ Gift: Neurotoxins, Carcinogens, MRSA, Ecoli, Listeria, Salmonella … @ MAL Contends…

Big Dairy stampedes opposition

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is driving a wedge between dairy farmers and non-farming citizens…. The DBA is a tool of these industrial farmers, spending $200,000 annually buying influence in Madison. They care nothing for the environment, ignore the science, and instead generate gobs of hyperbole to deflect and defer…. Don Ystad Rome, WI Via…

“Can/Will Do Nothing”

“Those in the DNR and DATCP, right up to the state secretaries, C)athy Stepp and Ben Brancel, have met with our county leaders and indicated they can/will do nothing to assist us, even as some of our communities drift into third-world water status. (Lee Luft, Green Bay Press Gazette; cited in RestoreKewaunee (Facebook)) Via Industrial farm…