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,, 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.
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 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.   

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.

JFAN Distributes 900+ Books on Livestock Production to Policymakers, Others Throughout State

Over 900 educational books on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) were donated this month to state and local officials, universities, and.....Read More >>

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