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William Schlafer  
#11 Posted : Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:29:01 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: weiliwen Go to Quoted Post
It makes one wonder if they would put this to a vote of the residents of Vernon County. It's their county, they should have the primary say in what happens. Foolish me, I know.


If the proposed farm gets the proper permits there may be little anyone can do to stop them. A nuisance lawsuit might be possible, but only after they're up and running, and only if it can be proved the farm has caused measurable damage. Considering the lax attitude the state has taken towards the threats to the health of residents and the environment posed by expansion of concentrated animal feeding operations, I wouldn't expect much help there. Legislators pockets are well lined by organizations pushing hard for the expansion of such farms.


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William Schlafer  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:30:08 PM(UTC)
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Here's an article from the Crawford County Independent regarding a recent public hearing in Westby of the Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth regarding the proposed hog farm. Mat Wagner (of the Driftless Angler Fly Shop) is quoted.


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Guillermo  
#13 Posted : Monday, December 4, 2017 9:56:56 PM(UTC)
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Got this email update today:

Community Meeting Notes
from 11/29/17 and Upcoming Conference

The meeting was all about our call to action. Gayle Nielsen started the meeting off by presenting a summary of what we know now about PIP and the Pork slaughtering industry.

Next was a personal story from Susan Tully. Before moving to Wisconsin she had lived in California downstream from large farming operations. The polluted water system caused numerous illnesses to Tully and her neighbors. She warned of what we can look forward to if PIP and the necessary CAFOS invade our county.

We next heard from a local farmer who has an idea for the use of the property as a local, small scale animal slaughterhouse. There are other options that could be considered too.... a specialty milk production plant is one other example. Our hope is that if all else fails financing could be generated, by a small group or even a large cooperative, so that PIP could be bought out.

The rest of the meeting was spent discussing our next steps and what we can do to put the pressure on PIP.....

First call to action: there will be a petition signing campaign in Viroqua next Saturday morning 12/9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We have about 1400 signatures but would like to have at least 2000 to present to the Viroqua City Council, the other local government boards and PIP to let them all know we don’t want them here. There will be petitions available at Ward Law Office (210 N Main St #2, Viroqua) that morning or you can download and print the petition from our website.

We had a great group of people there who really stepped up and volunteered to work on some of the various committees we have developed to get the word out including letter writing campaign (letters to editor and to various government officials); yard sign development and distribution, petition organization, permit monitoring and local government meeting and attendance. If you are interested in helping with one of these committees please let us know!

And finally, one of the most important components - we need financial support as well. If you aren’t able to provide your time to help out please consider making a monetary donation. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help collect funds - it’s an easy couple of clicks to really make a difference. Here is the link:

https://www.gofundme.com...citizens-operations-fund

Thanks everyone!!! Together we can make a difference!!

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weiliwen  
#14 Posted : Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:40:30 AM(UTC)
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I donated to the GFM program today!
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