Monday, August 2, 2021


Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients are paying monthly premiums when they donít have to; Dr. Fauci predicts the pandemic will get worse.


The Texas voting rights fight gets star power; lawmakers stage a sit-in as the eviction moratorium expires; and Senators work overtime on infrastructure.

ADEQ: Should Big New Hog Feeders Be Banned Near Buffalo River?


Monday, June 9, 2014   

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a permanent prohibition on new, confined hog-feeding operations around the Buffalo River.

Bob Allen, a retired Arkansas Tech professor of chemistry and board member of the Arkansas Canoe Club, said there is a risk that hog waste will muck up the Buffalo.

Allen said the change would not apply to small farms. He also said there are separate conversations with a new hog farm on Big Creek. But he said more farms shouldn't be added.

"We're not trying to chase them out of the valley," Allen said. "What we're trying to do is prevent an overload of nutrients in the watershed. We do not need to have hog production in that location."

The rule change originated outside of ADEQ, and the agency has said it's taking a neutral stance on the issue.

The industry's defenders point to the jobs the hog farms create.

According to Debbie Doss, conservation chair for the Arkansas Canoe Club, the opinion of the public matters in such cases.

"It's very important that the agency hear from people," said Doss. "We've known issues in the past similar to this. The number of responses definitely does make a difference."

Arkansas has put a temporary moratorium on new, confined hog feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed.

Allen called the Buffalo National River a jewel, one of the longest free-flowing and most pristine rivers in the country. He said it's not the right place for factory farms. According to Allen, the impacts of such operations are cumulative. There's a tipping point where one more is too many.

"It's not a question of if those wastes get to the Buffalo," he said, "but when and how much. You cannot spread nitrogen and phosphorus on soil without having it run off. It's a foregone conclusion."

ADEQ is accepting comments on the proposed rule change until July 1st. A public meeting is scheduled for June 17th in Harrison, Ark.

get more stories like this via email

Some tenants' advocates would like Virginia's new budget proposal for American Rescue Plan funding to include money for low-income renters to hire lawyers for eviction cases. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's General Assembly Special Session begins today to budget more than $4 billion in federal COVID relief funds, and advocates …

Social Issues

ROSLINDALE, Mass. - A new report finds Massachusetts residents would rather repair electronic devices than send them to landfills, but manufacturers …

Social Issues

HELENA, Mont. - COVID-19 is underscoring the importance of ensuring that people's estates are in order, but estate planning can be be tricky for …

New Mexico Voices for Children says, as in many states, families of color in New Mexico were hit hard by the pandemic, in terms of school closures and job losses. (

Social Issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Pandemic fallout still has U.S. states clawing their way back to normalcy, and New Mexico believes its decision to provide more …

Social Issues

CONCORD, N.H. - New polling finds many New Hampshire voters think it's important that wealthy individuals and corporations pay what's described as …

A new pilot program in Texas is teaching college students about the agriculture industry and career options they might not otherwise have considered. (ionlfox/Pixabay)

Social Issues

AMARILLO, Texas - The American Farm Bureau Federation hosts more than 100 college level chapters across 35 states, but this is the first time its …

Social Issues

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - As activists mark more than 100 days of protest since the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Junior - killed outside his Elizabeth …

Health and Wellness

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Local health departments that rely heavily on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses say the costly contract requirement that they be …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021