DAILY WISCONSIN

Agriculture

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…

State deal leaves filth unremoved

But while Bailey Farms was fined $27,500, it was never ordered to clean up the mess, state Department of Natural Resources documents show, even though the agency told prosecutors that removal of pollutants and groundwater monitoring were needed, and experts say the material posed a risk to human health. Via Deal with rendering operation leaves animal…

Something wicked your way comes

Many in Wisconsin know the story of the families in Kewaunee County in northeast Wisconsin and the ecoli contamination in 2004 from a Concentrated Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) that leaked liquid cow manure, hospitalized many, and nearly killed several children. Today, water aquifers are contaminated with virus, bacteria, and other pathogens typically found in third-world…

Big Dairy has a plan

The goal of the 30×20 Initiative is to “(i)mprove the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy industry through services to achieve an annual milk production of 30 billion pounds by 2020 to meet the growing demand of the marketplace,” reads the 30×20 initiative on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection site. This means…

No Show

Continuing their work Saratoga Concerned and Rome Saratoga Friendly held a Groundwater Summit this last weekend in Almond, Wisconsin in Portage County at the Camp Helen Brachman grounds, along the shore of Pickerel Lake State Natural Area in central Wisconsin. State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and State Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) both made…

Environmental grassroots victory

Conversion or political expedience? Updated – Whatever the explanation, grassroots activism still matters in central Wisconsin, and when a local citizens’ groups forces a corrupt political opponent to adopt qualified agreement with their positions, the grassroots can claim victory. Ask Protect Wood County and Rome and Saratoga Friendly and their two-plus years opposition to a…

The politician peddling filth

Approximately 50 million gallons of liquid cow manure would be produced every year, and “forty-nine high capacity wells would be capable of pumping 7.3 billion gallons of water from the groundwater aquifer annually” would be drained by this one proposed CAFO [concentrated animal feeding operation]. Via Rep Scott Krug Told Pro-Water Activist: “Quit Your Bitching,”…