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Opposition to hog farm is over more than just smell (Devil’s Lake) – AgWeek

September 5, 2017

In response to the editorial "Law-abiding livestock should be approved," it is clear that the writer could benefit from further education regarding the detrimental effects a hog operation can have on a community (particularly Devils Lake).

You say "critics who simply don't want to smell pig manure must accept that they live in an...

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Authorities investigate death of thousands of fish in Williams County, OH [W of Toledo]

August 24, 2017

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio — Manure spread across more than 100 acres of farmland just before a major thunderstorm rolled in killed “close to 15,000” fish in eastern Williams...

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Algal blooms cost Ohio homeowners $152 million over 6 years

August 17, 2017

Property values fall, as do fishing license sales, two studies find - first ever (OSU)

COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years.

Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake Erie, causing fishing license...

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Dairy met with strong opposition (Celina, OH)

August 10, 2017

CELINA (OH) - Officials of a 4,500-head dairy proposed for northwest of (Columbus, OH) and Neptune (OH) say they plan to proceed despite a meeting on Tuesday attended by a large crowd composed mainly of opponents.
About 140 people packed the Mercer County Central Services Building conference room for the Ohio Department of Agriculture's open house and public meeting....

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DNR Investigating Manure Spill In Northeastern Wisconsini)

August 10, 2017

Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday, August 10, 2017
By Patty Murray

State environmental officials are investigating a manure...

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My Voice: Stop the spread of CAFOs (Sioux Falls, SD)

August 10, 2017

At its June 26 meeting, the Minnehaha County Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning revision which essentially endorses CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations. Public input is needed at a hearing scheduled for August 8 to make the County Commission aware that the revised ordinance will expose more South Dakotans, both urban and rural and both meat eater and...

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Scavia (UM)- Nutrient pollution:Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms

August 1, 2017

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be toxic and potentially fatal to aquatic life and people.

Eventually algae settle to the bottom...

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Hiding Info stalls action: Heidelberg, others knew Dissolved Phosphorus problem since 2002

July 30, 2017

On 6/28/17, Michigan's DEQ & MDARD employees expressed surprise about dissolved Phosphorus impacts & advocated for the need to "study" conservation practices for future years. More taxpayer funded "study halls" should be ended now. Current Ag practices are making the phosphorus problem in Lake Erie worse, or as the scientists stated: "unintended, cumulative, and converging impacts". Source control must start with enforcement & reduction of manure waste, and treatment...

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Large feedlot hit with $50,000 fine for manure pollution (drinking water)

July 28, 2017

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s Justice Department last month quietly agreed to a $50,000 fine for a large feedlot that polluted drinking water and streams in 2014 and 2015. Stahl Brothers Dairy is in Kewaunee County, where more than 30 percent of tested drinking water wells have been found tainted by hazardous bacteria, most of it from the large...

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