Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa

Why We Need a Factory Farm Moratorium

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 • 7:15 pm

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA



CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works

At what point do we have enough CAFO hogs, enough factory farms, enough manure from confinements, enough water pollution? For many Iowans, that point is right now.

Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager of the Des Moines Water Works, will speak on Iowa’s poor water quality that is sparking a new statewide campaign at the JFAN Annual Meeting, Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa: Why We Need a Factory Farm Moratorium, on Wednesday, October 26 beginning at 7:15 pm

Iowa has over 9,000 factory farms confining the vast majority of 20 million Iowa hogs and a record 754 water impairments, and those numbers keep growing. Stowe will focus on the significant contribution industrial hog production makes to Iowa’s degraded waters. He will also address why we need a factory farm moratorium. The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, a coalition of over 20 local, state, and community organizations, recently launched a moratorium campaign; DMWW and JFAN are members of IARA and support its call for a moratorium.

Bill Stowe has become a leading public figure speaking out on the connection between industrial agriculture and Iowa’s water pollution problem. He is responsible for providing clean water to half a million people in metropolitan Des Moines. High nitrate levels forced Stowe to run their denitrification facility for a record 177 days in 2015 at a cost of $1.5 million. This led the DMWW to file a lawsuit against three Iowa counties that they charge are responsible.

Dr. John Ikerd will give a brief overview on how a moratorium can help Iowans reclaim the very soul of Iowa by halting the harmful impacts factory farms can have on our air, water, traditional farms, rural economics, and quality of life – validated by 50 years of respected peer-reviewed studies – and provide an opportunity to reverse the damage inflicted upon our state.

Joyce Otto, President of Poweshiek CARES, will share how living near a confinement impacted her professional and family life, providing first-hand testimony as to why a moratorium is needed to protect the health and well-being of Iowans.

Jess Mazour, a community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, will outline a variety of approaches Iowans can take around the state to actively advocate for a moratorium.

Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa will begin at 7:15 with a short music performance by Steve and Michaela McLain. Presentations will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. A donation of $5 is welcome to support JFAN’s mission.

JFAN is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that has been working to protect Jefferson County’s quality of life since 2005. More information is contained on our press release. 

We thank our community partners for cosponsoring this event:

Leopold Group Sierra Club, Southeast Iowa Food Hub, solar powered KRUU-100.1 FM, Sustainable Living Coalition, Radish Magazine, and Little Village Magazine