Meeting will focus on community, legal objections to proposed Maschhoff Pork factory farm

 

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) members from Linn County will meet with top officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Center Point Tuesday night to press their demands that a construction permit for a giant factory farm near Center Point be denied.

The meeting will be held at the Center Point Public Library at 7pm Tuesday night.

“Matt Ditch and Maschhoff Pork’s proposal does not meet the legal requirements for a construction permit and the DNR must stand up, do their job to protect the environment from factory farm polluters, and deny the construction permit for this bad proposal,” said Regina Behmlander, a CCI member from Center Point who has helped galvanize community opposition to the proposal.

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On Monday, October 29 more than 30 people who live near Center Point, Iowa held a planning meeting organized by local Iowa CCI members to plot strategy to continue the community fightback against a factory farm that has been proposed in the area by Maschhoff Pork and a local hog janitor named Matt Ditch.

On Friday, October 26, the Linn County Supervisors voted 4-1 to recommend that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deny a construction permit for the site.  As part of their recommendation, county government challenged 175 points on the applicant’s submitted Master Matrix score, giving them a failing grade.

The fight now moves to the Iowa DNR, who must decide if they will stand with everyday people and the environment over an out of state factory farm corporation like Maschhoff Pork.

Residents at the October 29 planning meeting were fired up and ready to continue mobilizing community opposition against the plan by putting pressure on the DNR, the applicant Matt Ditch, and local legislators like Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen and Iowa Senator Liz Mathis.

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Linn County Factory Farm Fight Heats Up

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Letter to the editor: Thanks to CCI for fighting factory farming

 

Sept 26, 2012   |  http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120927/OPINION04/309270019/1038/OPINION04/Letter-editor-Thanks-CCI-fighting-factory-farming

 

Regarding the big profile on Iowa CCI (“Right Way To Fight?” Sept. 25): I’m surrounded by 5,000 corporate hogs; the company spreads liquid manure right up to my fence post and dead hogs sit outside my house in a dumpster for weeks before being disposed of.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship refuse to help. Only CCI members have been there for me and my family.

I’ve never seen a front-page Register story questioning whether industrial factory farming — which destroys rural communities — is the right way to do agriculture.

Sometimes when you’re under corporate attack, the only proper thing to do is stand up and fight back. God bless Iowa CCI for doing just that.

— Lori Nelson, Bayard

[new Iowa CCI Board President]

 

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  • Read the Des Moines Register’s full front and back page profile our work here.
  • Iowa CCI has been “Putting People First” for decades. Dive into more of our organizing history here.

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