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Fix Lake Erie’s algae problem – Detroit News, 7/6/17

July 6, 2017

Detroit News:Tom Zimnicki, Agriculture policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council

In recent remarks about Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem, the head of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) sounded eerily similar to lobbyists for Big Tobacco when they sought to delay necessary action to address the dangers of smoking.

During a recent conference call with reporters, the...

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As Lake Erie algae season looms, Michigan punts on new farm rules

July 6, 2017

MLIVE.COM: LANSING, MI -- On the cusp of what's expected to be another sizable summer algae bloom in Lake Erie, the state of Michigan has released a plan for improving the lake that critics say doesn't do enough to reduce nutrient-laden runoff from farms.

The state calls the 23-page Domestic Action Plan for...

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Advocates assert Ohio Department of Agriculture lacks legal authority

June 16, 2017

Link to Senate Bill 141 (2002)

Toledo Blade, 6/7/2017
COLUMBUS — Toledo-based Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie this morning asserted the Ohio Department of Agriculture has lacked legal authority to issue or enforce permits for more than 200 of the state’s livestock facilities large enough to be classified as concentrated animal feeding operations, or...

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Radio Interview: Animal Waste in the Great Lakes: CBC News

June 10, 2017

Animal Waste in the Great Lakes

Radio Interview: Windsor Morning, CBC News 97.5 FM
Windsor, Canada

One of the larger challenges in running a livestock farm is dealing with waste from the animals. Tony Doucette spoke with Pam Taylor, whose family has farmed land in Lenawee County, Michigan since 1837.

Radio Interview at link. (9:35...

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Michigan activists shine light on factory farms in bid to protect lakes

June 8, 2017

LENAWEE COUNTY, Mich. — Farming is in Pam Taylor’s blood. Her family has been farming in rural Lenawee County on Michigan’s southern border since 1837.

That’s the year Michigan became a state, one surrounded by the most amazing concentration of fresh water in the world. But in recent years, she’s become increasingly worried that those lakes are being threatened by giant “factory...

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The Great Lakes are being poisoned by poop – Detroit Metro Times

June 8, 2017

The Great Lakes are being poisoned by poop 

Pam Taylor, a woman I admire a great deal, lives in a rural community in Lenawee County, not far from the Ohio border, a place where her family has been farming since 1837.

You wouldn't call her lifestyle wild and crazy. A...

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Government needs to stand up to Big Ag – Toledo Blade

June 4, 2017

Toledo Blade, June 3, 2017, SANDY BIHN and KRISSY KASSERMAN

IT IS NO mystery that Ohio faces significant challenges with regard to addressing water pollution. In an agricultural state with large numbers of meat and dairy-producing animals and other farms raising field crops, water is at a particularly high risk of contamination. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators recently...

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Study Shows N.C. Hog Farms Spray Hog Poop on Neighbors’ Homes; Cooper Vetoes HB 467

May 6, 2017

Indy Week Raleigh-Cary | Durham-Chapel Hill
During a debate last month over (NC) House Bill 467—a failed proposal to shield hog farms owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods from twenty-six federal nuisance lawsuits brought by their neighbors—state representative and bill sponsor Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin and Wayne, called claims that hog waste was ending up on people’s...

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