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State Showdown on Large-Scale Livestock Farms

March 6, 2007


The clock's ticking on a bill to strengthen Iowa's laws on large-scale livestock farms, known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The bill is up for a vote today in the House Environmental Protection Committee.

Chris Murphy of the Iowa Network for Local Control says the state needs better standards to protect the environment and quality of life for Iowans. She's been fighting a Dickinson County CAFO, and says the county's $75 million tourist industry is at risk.

"We would like to have local input into where these confinements are sited, because our economy and quality of life is at risk."

Critics of the law say it could drive livestock producers out of Iowa, which would hurt the state's economy. Murphy wishes the bill now under consideration would go further than it does, and provide local communities with more input into prospective CAFO locations. She adds there are plenty of models, as most of Iowa's neighbors have already dealt with the same issue.

"Minnesota has local control, Nebraska has local control, South Dakota has local control, as well as Missouri."

Murphy still supports the bill as a first step, for increasing minimum setback distances from residences and waterways and making confinement feeding operators follow better environmental practices.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA