Over 500 People Attend JFAN Annual Meeting It's Time to Change 'Business As Usual'
The Sondheim Center at the Fairfield Arts &
Convention Center was brimming with 500+ people who came to hear Wenonah Hauter,
Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and environmental attorneys Charlie
Speer and Richard Middleton at the JFAN Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 15.
It's Time to Change 'Business As Usual' drew
people from Iowa and at least two other states as well as state legislators, county supervisors,
and the mayors of three Iowa cities.
Jim Rubis, Emeritus Director and recently retired
JFAN president, received JFAN’s first Good Neighbor Award presented by
Executive Director Diane Rosenberg. Speakers also included Rosenberg, JFAN
president David Sykes, board member Chris Busch, and Dr. John Ikerd, who emceed
the evening. The evening concluded with an informative and lively question and
answer session with all speakers.
Wenonah Hauter signed copies of her book, Foodopoly:
The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, following the
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch
David Sykes, JFAN President (left) and JFAN Director
Dr. John Ikerd.
Jim Rubis, Emeritus Director and recently retired JFAN president, was a guest of honor at the Annual Meeting. He received JFAN's first Good Neighbor Award from JFAN Executive Director Diane Rosenberg.
James Moore and Robert Reeder performed several indie folk rock songs to open the Annual Meeting.
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.
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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.
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.