DAILY WISCONSIN

Agriculture

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,”…

The consequences of unchecked pollution

Anybody, any CAFO, any farmer, who dumps untreated wastewater into the environment should in the words of Gordon Stevenson, DNR chief for regulation runoff from 2001-2011, be treated as “Public Enemy Number One.” People have warning about this for years. Last year, the state’s largest paper, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, called for an open discussion of…

Fighting the community-wrecking filth of a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Several citizens’ groups in central Wisconsin are working to stop a proposed massive concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO) Factory Farm that would border four Wisconsin counties in the Golden Sands region that is a heavy tourism and recreational destination. Via Central Wisconsin Assembly Dem Primary Race Centers Around CAFOs @ MAL Contends . . .

The filth of a CAFO

CAFOs are cruel factories, locking cows in a box and spreading the tons of cow manure over surrounding waters, air and land by using massive quantities of water from water wells and then sending the water back into the environment laden with toxins. “In a CAFO, animals are crammed by the thousands or tens of thousands,…

“It hurt so bad even to breathe”

Scott Murray did not want to leave the home in rural Juneau County where he and his family had lived for more than 20 years. But with the house surrounded on three sides by manure irrigation systems, life had become a nightmare. “It even got into the walls of our home,” Murray said of the…

The air of excrement and disease

It’s understood. Where there are dairy farms, there is manure. However, back in the day of small family farming, there was a manageable manure to land ratio and manure was applied to land directly. Now, at least 14 Wisconsin farms are applying liquified manure by spraying it into the air. Via Got aerosol manure? :…