New PDF release: Raising a stink: the struggle over factory hog farms in

By Carolyn Johnsen

ISBN-10: 0803276176

ISBN-13: 9780803276178

In Nebraska, as in lots of states around the kingdom, manufacturing unit farms housing tens of millions of hogs have altered the actual, cultural, and fiscal panorama, and feature generated complicated and deeply divisive conflicts between kin farmers, environmentalists, agribusinesses, and elected officers. A reporter lengthy accustomed to the talk, Carolyn Johnsen attracts on a wealth of interviews, archival fabric, and her personal broad event as a journalist to give a well timed, informative, and balanced account of this advanced and troubling agricultural practice—and to place a human face on its explanations and consequences.
 
Here each person has a say: farmers and pals being affected by proximity to the manufacturing unit hog farms; red meat manufacturers adopting the most recent hog confinement know-how within the face of fierce competition; politicians trying to interpret the “science” and form public coverage in a maelstrom. the result's the tale of a fight for the center and soul of rural America.

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The case would reach the Nebraska Supreme Court twice. While the wheels of litigation slowly turned, two other small towns passed similar ordinances—Long Pine and Bassett in north-central Nebraska, where Premium Farms wanted to confine a total of eighty-four thousand hogs on six sites in the watershed of Long Pine Creek, one of Nebraska’s few trout streams. By fall 2002 the Nebraska Supreme Court had not made a final ruling on the Alma case. A decision either way is expected to settle an important state constitutional question, whether the state has the sole authority to regulate livestock operations and what, if any, authority rests with local governments.

There is an intensity to county board hearings that is seldom present at a hearing of the legislature. People serving on county boards and zoning commissions know personally most of those testifying at hearings. They are neighbors, customers, or members of the same church; their children go to school together and they are related by marriage. There were tense, crowded meetings in courthouses across the state as county officials struggled to shape ordinances that neighbors and friends who had elected them could live with.

They were talking seventy-five to a hundred jobs, and those people would have to eat and they’d have to buy gas,” said Willets. ”4 But to move into Nance County, Bell Farms needed willing sellers. The company was offering up to seven times the market price for unirrigated land. Emil Dubas, then sixty-seven years old, had always lived and farmed within four miles of the Nance County farm where he grew up. When he was approached about selling his land, he didn’t take long to decline the offer, because Sand Livestock already had a fourteen-hundred-head farrowing operation about two miles from his farm.

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