Crawford County has a long history as a beautiful and productive agricultural community, and many of us hope it remains so.
Unfortunately, extreme financial pressures, the result of corrupted government policies and rampant corporate consolidation in agriculture, have been squeezing out small and medium sized farms.
Big Ag promotes large-scale monocultures and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as “efficient”, “scientific”, and the only way to make a decent living producing food.
We are told that the draining of people from our rural communities and the costs to our water, air, soil and health are simply burdens we, and future generations, have to bear… or these impacts are denied and we are told that the Wisconsin DNR regulations have it under control.
We are told by the powers that be that allowing a massive pig Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) along a narrow ridge above the Kickapoo River is inevitable.
Fortunately, some of us do not believe everything we hear, and feel the call to encourage regenerative and sustainable agriculture and protect what we hold dear.
The sinkholes, caves, and springs on and around Harvest Lane show how interconnected the surface and groundwater are, and the stream monitorings already show alarming E. coli and phosphorous levels. Well tests are being conducted by concerned neighbors.
These 5,500 sows would produce enough piglets to fill 27 CAFOs with hogs to fatten, and with Iowa filling to the brim with these operations, we can expect more of them to continue popping up in Southwest Wisconsin, if we continue to allow it. Are you within 50 miles of Southern Crawford County? These piglets and their manure, and everything that goes with that, could become your neighbors.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services estimates 47% of WI wells already do not meet health standards, hundreds of streams are being newly listed as “impaired” by the Wisconsin DNR.
We are working with local governments, non-profits, and agricultural organizations to launch a Driftless Area Water Study to determine local drinking water quality. Perhaps it is time we consider a moratorium on more of these operations until we can assure the people of this state that their right to clean drinking water can be protected.
At the recent Marietta Township special meeting on the proposed hog CAFO, Crawford Stewardship Project was there to help answer questions, ask a few of our own, and support the voices of the local residents and the watershed.
If you care deeply about the Kickapoo River, area drinking water, and the future of our agricultural landscape, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com or 608-632-2183, and we can plug you into the action!
3 thoughts on “Who wants a hog CAFO on the Kickapoo”
Forrest, My wife and I have an acquaintance in Chicago who was looking for land in the driftless area. I mentioned that our property might be for sale but that it was next to a CAFO(Roth’s). He lost interest immediately. Recently I spoke with the guy who appraised our property and while this appraised value makes no provision for the next door CAFO he expressed sympathy with the idea that there probably should be an adjustment to the residential parcel of t.his property
Well that is really unfortunate that he was not willing to make an adjustment for your property, as there are obviously impacts.
I am putting together a bunch of resources on property value adjustments for the Marietta Town Board (who is considering their options in regards to the major expansion the Roths want to put in on Harvest Ln) and will be sending that out today. I’m also sharing this information with Kevin Colson, who says he is in communication with you, and hopefully he can help you out with this.
Who is your appraiser?
My family owns 600 acres overlooking the Kickapoo within a mile of the proposed CAFO. Children play, adults hike, ski and fish. This has been our vacation home for 49 years. A smelly CAFO will destroy this important family venue!