THE ISSUES
 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

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.org, Iowa 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. 

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 JFAN at 641-209-6600 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 for Community 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.
 
A tax-exempt educational foundation working to protect the quality of life of Jefferson County.   

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, at JFAN Annual Meeting October 15

It's Time to Change "Business As Usual" 
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
200 N. Main Street, Fairfield IA
 
  
 
Wenonah Hauter
One of the Nation's Top Food and Farm Advocates – on:
  • The failure of our political and regulatory systems to protect people and the environment from the impacts of factory farms
  • What we must do to change "Business as Usual" to "Business that Benefits All"
Plus, the Charlie Speer and Richard Middleton law firms join Fairfield attorney and JFAN legal counsel David E. Sykes on
  • The CAFO threat to Jefferson County and surrounding areas and what is being done to protect the area from more CAFO development.
 

JFAN President Jim Rubis Retiring; David E. Sykes Appointed New JFAN President

Founding Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. (JFAN) board member and president Jim Rubis announced his retirement from the JFAN Board of Directors effective October 1. Rubis is stepping down after nine years of dedicated service to the Jefferson County community in which he was instrumental in establishing JFAN as an effective resource for protecting Jefferson County’s quality of life from the proliferation of factory farms.

Read more here
 
JFAN Column Published in Fairfield Weekly Reader
 
Jefferson County is under a serious threat of new CAFO development as China's market for cheap pork drives expansion throughout the state. Find out "What's Going on in Southeast Iowa" in the JFAN column that appeared in the August 7 edition of the Fairfield Weekly Reader. 
 
 
JFAN Letter to the Editor Published in June 19 Fairfield Ledger
 
JFAN's letter to the editor addressing comments made in a May 29 letter by Tracy Diehl was published by the Fairfield Ledger on June 19.
 
The letter makes a distinction between corporate farming and independent family farms.
 
 
CAFOs Coming Into Jefferson County – A JFAN Update

Even in the face of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) that has killed at least seven million piglets, significant CAFO expansion is taking place in Southeast Iowa. Jefferson County is not as hard hit as some other counties, such as Henry, Des Moines and Louisa, but neither have we escaped without any new development.

Six new CAFOs for Jefferson County are sited primarily in rural areas. The following is an update of what we are experiencing so far this year and JFAN’s effort in supporting neighbors.

Protecting Your City from CAFOs

New JFAN Workshop for City Officials on June 28

JFAN is offering a free two-hour workshop geared for city leaders on how to protect their municipality from CAFOs.

Protecting Your City from CAFOs will address the harmful impacts of factory farms on cities, how the DNR works, how organizations like JFAN can help safeguard cities, and legal steps cities can take to protect their residents and economy. Learn more here.
 
JFAN Issues Press Release on Maschhoff Manure Spill 
 
JFAN sent a press release to over 500 media contacts throughout Iowa on February 13. The mailing forwarded the press release written by the Humane Society of the United States with additional comments highlighting the involvement of JFAN's legal counsel David E. Sykes. Mr. Sykes is also Iowa legal counsel for the Humane Society as well as a principle in the Charlie Speer/Richard Middleton/David E. Sykes Iowa legal team.
 
Read the press release here.  
 
JFAN Publishes Ads in Fairfield Ledger and Fairfield Weekly Reader
 
JFAN published a half page ad in the January issues of the Fairfield Ledger and the Fairfield Weekly Reader reviewing major accomplishments in 2013 and outlining our  goals for 2014. View the ads here
 
 
First Lawsuit of Speer/Middleton/Sykes Legal Team Filed

The Save Batavia Eldon lawsuit is moving forward. On November 19, attorney David E. Sykes filed a petition in the Wapello County District Court on behalf of 70 plaintiffs of Save Batavia Eldon. The group is suing Valley View Swine and two other CAFO operators for creating and maintaining a temporary nuisance that has impacted the plaintiffs.

The 26-page complaint names Nick, Shawn and Jeff Adam of Valley View Swine, as well as Larry Hickenbottom of Tri-L Farms, Josh Hickenbottom, and Richard Warren, all CAFO owners in the Batavia and Eldon area. In addition, the supplier/integrator for all the CAFOs, Cargill Pork, is named in the lawsuit.

There are approximately 20,000 plus hogs contained in the CAFOs, with 10,000 of them located at the two Valley View Swine locations.

This is the first lawsuit to be filed by the new Iowa legal team of Charlie Speer, Richard Middleton, and David Sykes. Thirteen other groups in seven Iowa counties representing approximately 500 to 600 plaintiffs are currently under consideration by the team. Sykes is also JFAN’s legal counsel.

JFAN provided extensive informational and organizational support to Save Batavia Eldon when Valley View Swine was proposed.

Coalition Sues Van Buren CAFO; HSUS Names David Sykes Iowa Counsel

A 7500-head sow operation run by Maschhoff Pork in Van Buren County that recently spilled thousands of gallons of manure into a Des Moines River tributary received a notice of intent to sue on November 21 by a coalition of community, environmental, and animal welfare organizations.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) represented by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), represented by attorney David E. Sykes, intend to file a lawsuit in the Iowa Federal District Court alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Sykes has recently been retained by HSUS as their legal counsel in Iowa to help file lawsuits against factory farms who have violated the federal Clean Water Act.

The Maschhoff CAFO experienced several spills in the past six years, yet the Iowa Department of Natural Resources did not require the confinement to obtain a Clean Water Act permit when the DNR inspected the facility in August.

Read more about the lawsuit here.



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