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Vern Tiggs

June 2, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

Factory farms stink. They pollute our air and water, lower our property values, weaken rural economics and make us prisoners in our own homes. I know this because I have 30,000 factory farm hogs with a 5 mile radius of my home.

There have been over 800 manure spills in recent years and Iowa now has 628 polluted waterways.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) is the only statewide power organization in Iowa that fights factory farms from being built. In 2012, Iowa saw a massive expansion of factory farms all across the state and we are expecting more this year.

I knew I had to take a stand against factory farms and their pollution so I called iowa CCI. I've been a member now for 17 years. During that time we've stopped over 8 dozen factory farms and improved the quality of life for thousands of Iowans.

We help empower communities across the state to stop factory farms, make sure the Department of Natural Resources is enforcing the laws on the books and help pass good legislation that protects everyday Iowans from factory farm pollution. We are urban and rural, black and white, young and old and we've been standing up for clean air and water for 28 years.

If there is a proposed factory farm near you and you and your neighbors are ready to stand up and take action contact Iowa CCI at 515-282-0484 or

Vern Tiggs

Carroll, Iowa



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