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. 

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.
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2015 JFAN Annual Meeting!
More CAFOs Are Coming – What YOU Can Do
Wednesday, October 7 • 7:15 pm (NEW TIME!)
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
200 N. Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa
Senior Political Director, Humane Society Legislative Fund
Former Lt. Governor of Missouri
Independent, Humane Livestock Producer
The corporate pork industry continues to rapidly expand throughout Iowa, driven in a large part by the push to fill Southeast Asia’s growing demand for pork. Exports account for 26% of Iowa’s current pork production, and that figure could skyrocket if the Trans Pacific Partnership is passed, predicts the Iowa Pork Producers Council.
No community is safe. We must increase our efforts to safeguard our quality of life.

JOE MAXWELL, Senior Political Director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, will address the role everyone can play in protecting our communities. Read more here
Full press release here

New JFAN Column in August 27 Fairfield Weekly Reader

The Iowa LLC Loophole

There is a concerning trend occurring in Jefferson County and around the state. CAFO owners are getting around permitting and Master Matrix thresholds by constructing multiple confinements side by side in different LLC (limited liability corporation) names. This can occur as a new set of facilities or as an expansion to an existing CAFO.

We’ve seen this transpire in Jefferson County between a married couple, business partners, and relatives. Most cases involve two 2480-head CAFOs constructed under different LLC’s. But we’ve also seen a similar instance involving two 1200-head hog confinements that is particularly troubling. Read more 

New JFAN Ad: CAFOs and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria 
Antibiotic resistance is growing around the world, threatening to make life saving antibiotics useless unless drastic changes are made in how and when they’re used. Industrial agriculture is playing a significant role in this public health threat.

In the Friday, June 26 edition of the Fairfield Ledger, JFAN  published a new ad addressing the link between antibiotic resistance and CAFOs. The ad will appear again in the Tuesday, June 30 edition of the Fairfield Town Crier.
We also developed a comprehensive new webpage on antibiotic resistant bacteria and its link to factory farms. The page includes a CDC infographic on how antibiotic resistant bacteria develops. There is also a powerful new video by The Guardian of its investigation into antibiotic resistance in the United Kingdom - and how MRSA was found in the umbilical cords of newborns. You'll also find a page with action steps to address this out of control problem.
See the ad here
Supervisors Pass Hill View Master Matrix
On Monday, May 18, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors passed the Hill View Master Matrix during a public hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd. Hill View is expanding its operation from 1800 to 3600 hogs on Salina Road in Buchanan Township.

We want to thank everyone who came to the public hearing. Those opposed to factory farms outnumbered the pro-CAFO attendees. Even though it was a disappointing ruling, our elected officials and local pork producers saw that there are many people in Jefferson County who recognize the hazards of factory farms and don’t want them in their community.

Read the full story here
CAFOs Are Not "Farms" - JFAN Publishes New Letter to Editor

The Fairfield Ledger ran a letter to the editor by a Jefferson County CAFO owner on April 16 calling into question the right of people to complain about CAFOs. It also questioned whether a Fairfield resident developed a potentially deadly staph infection from an antibiotic resistant bacteria that may have originated in a CAFO. 

JFAN response with a letter to the editor that was published in the Thursday, May 7 edition of the Fairfield Ledger discussing the difference between factory farms and traditional, independent farming as well as the health risk from CAFOs.
In the same edition, the Fairfield Ledger also published a response to Ms. Mottet's letter written by Jefferson County resident and farmer Marj Van Winkle.
Read both responses here.
JFAN Publishes Letter to the Editor on Local Control Survey.
Read the letter in the April 2 Fairfield Ledger here.  
34 Million Gallons!
JFAN Ad Reveals How Much Raw Hog Sewage from CAFOs Will Be Applied in Jefferson County in 2015
JFAN is publishing the first of four quarterly ads in 2015 emphasizing the problems of CAFOs. Our first ad will appear in the Friday, March 27 edition of the Fairfield Ledger and in Tuesday, March 31 issue of the Fairfield Town Crier. The ad highlights the startling amount of untreated CAFO hog sewage that will be applied in Jefferson County this year.
See the ad here. Learn more about untreated hog sewage on the accompanying info page here.  
Dickinson County Sends Local Control Survey to All Iowa Counties.
Jefferson County Board of Supervisors to Address Survey at April 6 Meeting. Read more here
JFAN Publishes Position Statement Ads in Fairfield Ledger and Fairfield Weekly Reader  
In 2014, Southeast Iowa had the second largest number of new or expanding CAFO applications in the state, trailing only the saturated Northwest corner of Iowa.
In response to the growth of CAFOs in Southeast Iowa and the threat to Jefferson County, JFAN published an ad in the January 15 Fairfield Weekly Reader and the January 16 Fairfield Ledger summarizing our position statement published in the Fall/Winter 2014 JFAN Newsletter.
You can view the ad here
A Statement from Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. Board of Directors on the Current CAFO Threat
Pork production in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or factory farms is expanding throughout Iowa, fueled by China’s demand for cheap pork. Additional market factors make Southeast Iowa a prime area to build new CAFOs. As a result, Jefferson County is facing its most serious threat yet from the expansion of CAFOs. In 2014 alone.... Read the entire position statement here.
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 meeting.

 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.

Read more here
What's Going On in Southeast Iowa?
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.

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