Stop Reicks View Farms!
Iowans are banding together to stop a new hog factory by Reicks View Farms in Howard County.
At 2,499 head of hogs, the confinement is one hog under the permit threshold, thereby skirting the Master Matrix. The factory farm is proposed on karst terrain in an environmentally fragile area known for sinkholes, and it’s located near the headwaters of a naturally producing trout stream. It is about a mile from an estimated 40 neighbors, century farms, and an Amish community.
This isn’t the first time Reicks View Farms has done this.
In June 2016, the Des Moines Register reported that Reicks View Farms had applied to build a 7,499 hog facility in Allamakee County. However, after intense local opposition, the developer reapplied for a confinement at 2,499 hogs – which prevented county supervisors from reviewing the application. Highlighting that building at the proposed site was ill advised, Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp stated that “if a livestock confinement facility could be built on the proposed site, there is no place in Iowa one could not be built.”
Now, the group of concerned citizens in Howard County are organizing to yet again to stop Reicks View Farms from building just one hog under the permit threshold on karst terrain. Residents are aware of sinkholes not shown on DNR’s map, but after being repeatedly asked, DNR has not agreed to revisit the area.
“This land should not have any factory farms on it. Karst terrain is like a sponge,” said Joann Wangen of Cresco, Iowa. “We want to protect our water. The smell of the confinement is going to be bad enough, but we’ll have a crisis if we don’t have our water.”
Help stop Reicks View Farms! Here’s what you can do:
- Write a letter to the editor.
We need tell more people about this fight!
- Call Dale and Brady Reicks at (641) 364-7843.
Ask them to withdraw their application.
- Call DNR Director Chuck Gipp at (515) 725-8282.
Demand that Director Gipp visit the proposed site and meet with the community. He has the power to stop this.