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Barb Kalbach

June 10, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor;

Here in Iowa, we're good neighbors - and factory farms just aren't. They build without consideration for neighbors' quality of life, property values, or environment. That's why Iowa CCI members across the state are taking corporate ag giants like Cargill, Iowa Select and Prestage Farms to task.

An unprecedented expansion by these corporations across Iowa this year could lead to millions of gallons more of manure and raw feces. We need to take a stand. Governor Terry Branstad has appointed factory farm insiders like Brent Rastetter - who makes a living building factory farm barns and manure pits - to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPC), putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Outgoing Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Roger Lande says Branstad will likely appoint former house majority leader Chuck Gipp to be Iowa's next top environmental regulator. Gipp spent most of his career to dismantle the DNR and now he's going to run the place? It's time to stand up and fight back.


Barb Kalbach

Dexter, Iowa



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