Farm and Fiddle hosts Rhett Hartman and Margot McMillen begin the conversation with Steve Jeffery with the questions, "what is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation" and continue with background on CAFOs in Missouri, including the dismantling by the legislators of protections for neighbors and the environment. Jeffery is involved in lawsuits against the state, challenging the new make-up of the Clean Water Commission and the 2019 passage of Senate Bill 391, which takes away the right of counties to make their own rules to protect the health of their citizens.
Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center was an early entry into the magic of horse therapy for people of all ages, with all kinds of needs. In this episode, founder Karen Grindler talks about CCTC's beginnings in 1989 with four horses and the present Center with 20 horses and hundreds of volunteers. The Center's work with autistic children, PTSD-stricken veterans, recent amputees and brain-injured persons is well-known nationally and has contributed to discoveries on the benefits of the horse-human bond.
Agronimist Gary Hinegardner spent a career studying heritage corn types--corn that tastes good even though it might not yield as high as commercial hybrids. Then, he went to work for the world's largest oak barrel maker, using wood sourced from Missouri forests. On retirement, he put his knowledge to work creating world-class, gold-medal whiskeys, building a distillery in New Florence. Now, with 30 other distilleries, he launches a statewide "expedition" of Missouri spirits makers.
Josh Stevens, forester, talks to Rhett Hartman about forest products--medicinal, food and wood--and how to manage them in Missouri forests. It turns out that, besides sourcing local foods, Missourians can source local lumber and wood products, and even learn how the forests are managed when you make a purchase.
When Cooper County neighbors heard that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) had requested licensing in their community, a citizens' group was quickly formed. The county's Health Board (consisting of elected representatives interested in community health) passed a Health Ordinance demanding that CAFOs follow the same rules and carry the same liabilities as ordinary farms rather than the special no-liability set of non-rules that Missouri lawmakers have allowed. This podcast traces the history of the group, which will carry its arguments all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Diane Rosenberg heads up the Iowa organization called Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors or JFAN. While the rest of Iowa is drowning in hog manure from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Jefferson County has managed to keep the onslaught at a minimum. Outside the county, JFAN is known for its publications on several CAFO-related topics such as liability for farmers accepting CAFO manure as fertilizer on their properties.
Scott Dye is a team member of the Socially Responsible Agriculture Program. This group, based in Salem, Oregon, is perhaps the only national organization focused on fighting factory farms. When a neighborhood asks for assistance fighting a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, SRAP sends information and help. Scott's territory is the northern tier of states in the United States.
Second part of a conversation with Steve Jeffery, Missouri attorney, who has worked with several neighborhoods to resist the incursion of factory farms into their communities.
Attorney Steve Jeffery started his career as an environmental lawyer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As he learned, the DNR is hampered by legislation lobbied for by industry lobbyists and passed by state senators and legislators. He discusses how this works and how citizen voices are left out of the debate, leaving rural neighborhoods devastated by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.