Two Wisconsin icons, dairy cows and fresh water, appear to be at war. Two new studies, one from U.S. Department of Agriculture research engineer Tucker Burch and one from USDA microbiologist Mark Borchardt, find that in Northeast Wisconsin cow manure flowing into drinking waters accounts for ~76% of human gastrointestinal illnesses. Worse yet, the normal […]
For years, Wisconsin farmers and residents in rural subdivisions in places like Kewaunee County have pointed the finger of blame at each other when it comes to contaminated groundwater. Were coliform bacteria and nitrates in local wells coming from cows or septic systems? No one seemed to know for sure, and as a result, no […]
What are the effects of large factory farms in Wisconsin? What are some of their externalities on the surrounding environment and economy? Patty Peltekos speaks with two critics of concentrated animal feeding operations and factory farms, John Peck of Family Farm Defenders and Harry Pulliam of Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network. Attend a panel discussion featuring these […]
On Monday, five Kewaunee County petitioners filed an appeal of the DNR’s decision to permit Kinnard Farms to operate without a limit on the number of animals in the facility or a requirement to monitor the conditions of groundwater. Stacy Harbaugh, of Midwest Environmental Advocates, joins Jan Miyasaki to talk about the challenge to the […]
Guest host Patty Peltekos discussed this and more on Wisconsin CAFOs with Scott Dye, a field associate with the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Tressie Kamp from Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Kewaunee County Resident Mick Sagrillo.