“JFAN is very knowledgeable when it comes to CAFOs, the DNR, and community impacts. The information in this workshop will be very useful and valuable to government leaders who want to protect their city’s quality of life.”

-- Becky Schmitz, Jefferson County Supervisor

“JFAN has provided me with a better understanding of the impacts of factory farms and the role DNR and county supervisors play in their approval. Having this information is valuable to both policy makers and lay people. I plan to attend this seminar so I can become better informed on this important issue.

---Doug Flournoy, City Council Member, Fairfield, Iowa

    
Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for mayors, city council members, and city managers who want to learn how they can safeguard their city’s residents and economic well being from the harmful impacts of CAFOs.

You Will Learn:

• What constitutes a CAFO

• Economic, health, environmental and quality of life impacts of CAFOs on cities

• The role, power, and limitations of the Iowa DNR in protecting cities from CAFOs

• How grassroots community organizations can help protect cities

• Legal steps cities can take to protect their residents and economic vitality

 
 



 

Protecting Your City from CAFOs

A FREE two hour workshop for City Government Leaders

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

10:00 am - 12:00 noon
 
Fairfield Public Library Community Room
104 West Adams Avenue Fairfield Iowa 
 
A Controversy You Want to Avoid

CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are very different from traditional family farms. There was little controversy about the location of farming operations until producers started concentrating livestock in large indoor factory feeding operations.

Most CAFOS are built in rural communities, away from city boundaries and municipal concerns. As industrial hog production continues to expand in Iowa, however, cities are finding confinements inching closer to their boundaries. Various studies have shown that CAFOs can have significant negative impacts on neighbors within two to three miles.

Yet some CAFOs are now sited as close as a half mile from cities limits. Then CAFOs become the concern of the entire city and public controversies inevitably arise.

In many cases, city leaders are less acquainted with CAFO impacts and issues than their county counterparts because their attention is focused on municipal matters. Would you be prepared for the ensuing controversy if a CAFO was proposed close to your city limits? Do you know how confinements could affect your city’s socio-economic well-being? Are you familiar with how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources works on CAFO issues?

Do you know the steps you can take to minimize the controversy by protecting your city from factory farms?

About This Workshop:

Protecting Your City from CAFOs is a FREE, half-day educational workshop that will provide you with information on the harmful impacts your city may experience from concentrated animal feeding operations. You’ll learn about Iowa regulations that govern CAFOs, how the DNR reviews and approves applications, and what avenues are open to those who oppose confinements.

Most importantly, you’ll pick up some strategies that can help shield your city from CAFOs.

Why This Is Important to Your City

CAFOs near your city can damage your city’s quality of life and economic vitality. A Colorado State University study of Iowa home values found CAFOs caused up to a 40% drop in surrounding property values. Numerous University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins studies, among many others, documented health problems neighbors experienced living near CAFOs. Population can decrease and community vitality can decline – it’s not unusual for residents to leave when CAFOs move in. 


 
The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is a multi-million dollar public relations organization supported by corporate agricultural commodity groups. They are waging an aggressive, sustained campaign to tout the value of “modern” or “progressive” farming.

USFRA’s messaging equates factory farming with traditional agricultural practices without addressing the harmful impacts of CAFOs or the displacement of generations of traditional Iowa livestock producers.

Protecting Your City from CAFOs will provide information on the impacts of factory farms backed by decades of national studies and first hand experiences. You will learn how CAFOs can directly cause harm to your municipality and why they should be a concern for all government leaders.

 REGISTER HERE
 
 
(c) 2013 Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. P.O. Box 811 • Fairfield, IA 52556 • 641-209-6600 • jfan@lisco.com
 
 
You Will Learn:

• What constitutes a CAFO

• Economic, health, environmental and quality of life impacts of CAFOs on cities

• The role, power, and limitations of the Iowa DNR in protecting cities from CAFOs

• How grassroots community organizations can help protect cities

• Legal steps cities can take to protect their residents and economic vitality

Workshop Speakers

Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri at Columbia

Francis Thicke, PhD, Co-owner, Radiance Dairy; Member, National Organic Standards Board

David E. Sykes, PC, Attorney, Fairfield Iowa; JFAN Legal Counsel

Diane Rosenberg, Executive Director, Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc.; Consultant, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project