Here are action steps you can take today to protect our environment:

1. Educate Yourself
Learn about the problem with Factory Farms and how it will affect you and your family. Review the information on this site, FactoryFarm.orgIowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and the Iowa DNR.

2. Contact Elected Officials
Call, write, or e-mail your elected officials and let them know what you think. 

State Government 
State Legislators 
Local Elected Officials

3. Talk to Your Neighbors 
Help educate them and let them know how important it is that their opinions are known by local and state representatives.

4. Report Suspicious Activity 
Call Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement at 515-282-0484 immediately if you see what might be a CAFO being constructed, or if you see what might be an illegal manure dumping.

5. Support JFAN

Support JFAN's efforts by attending JFAN public meetings,volunteering, and contributing to the JFAN defense fund.

6. Join Iowa Citizens forCommunity Improvement 

This 30-year old organization is working hard to insure the quality of air and water in Iowa and is working to return local control of factory farms to the county level.

New! Find Where Manure Is Applied in Jefferson County

JFAN often receives inquiries about where CAFO’s are spreading manure from their operations. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not keep computerized records of Manure Management Plans, or MMPs, making it very difficult for the average person to find information on exactly where manure is applied.
JFAN has created a database of current MMP’s from the DNR for all CAFO operators in and outside of Jefferson County who apply manure to fields within Jefferson County. This database can be used to identify who is applying manure as well as where and how it is being applied. This is invaluable information that can be used as a community resource for property owners and potential buyers who will be affected by manure applications.
Because the fields do not have standardized designations, we have also created a color-coded visual mapping system that makes it easy to see exactly which fields receive manure, and in particular, if more than one CAFO is applying to the same field.
It is important to note that the all the information shown was gathered from records submitted to the DNR by CAFO operators and the information available is only for larger operations that have at least 500 animal units, the equivalent of 1250 hogs.
Any operation that has fewer than 500 animal units, known as SAFOs or Small Animal Feeding Operations, is not required to submit a Master Matrix. Because the DNR has no information available on SAFOs, neither does JFAN.
Download the Database

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