Commission Agrees to Hear Dairy Industry’s Petition to Weaken Groundwater Protections

SANTA FE, N.M. ” Today, The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) voted to set a March 2014 meeting to hear the dairy industry’s petition to substantially weaken groundwater discharge rules. The WQCC endorsed the New Mexico Environment Department conducting a stakeholder advisory process on the changes to the rules prior to the March hearing. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) with support and assistance from Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) represents clients, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and Amigos Bravos, who are opposed to the changes.”Our clients are cautiously optimistic about that the Environment Department’s decision to advocate for conducting a stakeholder advisory process,” says Jon Block, NMELC Staff Attorney. “Now it’s at least possible to work toward changes to the regulations so that our scarce and precious water resources will be protected from pollution by these mega-dairies

Michigan News: LESS = MORE Campaign

It’s an old adage, “less equals more,” but it’s one that rings true with where we need to go with our agricultural system.   We need LESS animals raised in confinement and MORE animals raised responsibly on pasture…. Read More

Wisconsin News: Ground Zero for Mega Dairy Boom

The state of Wisconsin is the next frontier for the expansion of industrial mega dairies. While dairying is deeply rooted in the state’s history, culture and tradition, the overwhelming majority of Wisconsin dairies have been family run and operated. If the Dairy-Agribusiness Lobby has its way, the family dairies of Wisconsin will be a thing of the past and replaced with industrial mega-dairy operations like the proposed Golden Sands Dairy, LLC in Wood County, Wisconsin.Learn More.

Spotlight: Former Tyson Growers Fight For Their Farm

Karen and Mitchell Crutchfield were planning to retire in three years when their farm was paid off. They had put off retirement until after 65 so that could spend their golden years with a small cushion. But a year ago, their dream came crashing down. Not only did the Crutchfields get the rug pulled out from under them, they almost had their entire home and all their land yanked away, when Tyson Chicken dropped their contract.Learn More.

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Are you interested in keeping up with us? Curious about factory farming activity across country? Want to stay on top of what’s happening in our rural communities? The easiest way for you to stay up-to-date with what the SRA Project has going on is to like us on Facebook. On Facebook, we’ll share our stories and those stories of rural residents across America as they fight the encroachment of factory farms and work to promote ecologically and socially responsible agriculture in our rural areas. Learn More.

Community Spotlight: Illinois Neighbors win Tax Appeal

Factory farms move into communities often diminishing the quality of life for the residents living there.   Most of the time there is little reprieve for the neighbors of a factory farm when the local environment becomes polluted… Read More