Bill to limit CAFO regulations passes legislature

JEFFERSON CITY — While an ongoing Senate filibuster effectively killed a House bill that would limit authority to inspect animal farming operations, a Senate bill that would limit local authority over concentrated animal feeding operations passed the legislature on...

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John E. Ikerd is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, retired from the University of Missouri Columbia, MO USA.   Dr. Ikerd was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years teaching at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture.  If there is a guru of sustainability in agricultural economics, it is Dr. Ikerd and CAFOZONE is honored to bring his blog to a new audience.

The recent destruction in the midwest, especially Missouri, from tornadoes has made people question the impact of bad weather on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). There have been dramatic examples of CAFOs with roofs torn off after a tornado, but the true environmental destruction can be seen by photos taken after Hurricane Florence, when North Carolina cafos leaked pollution directly into the water. Environmental Working Group posted photos.

Todd Parnell is a lifelong environmental advocate, committed to the preservation of clean water and wild nature in the Ozarks especially. President Emeritus of Drury College in Missouri, his latest book is Pig Farm, a novel based loosely on the history of CAFOs in Missouri. Parnell was Chairman of the Clean Water Commission in Missouri before the legislature changed the nature of the CWC and replaced citizen members with members connected with the Ag Industry.