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ACTION ALERT! Contact the Bayfield County Board Today! 

On January 7th, 2016 Farms Not Factories sent out an Action Alert Newsletter!

It begins as follows:

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

Thank you for signing up for the FNF newsletter.  Your time, support, and actions are critical for efforts to protect Lake Superior and our community and are greatly appreciated.  
We are writing now to urge concerned citizens to contact the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors before January 26th.  It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield county residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO remains a threat to the health and welfare of the area. Existing CAFO regulations do not provide adequate protection and are not well enforced by the DNR.  Further, Bayfield County is required by state law to allow a CAFO applicant to locate (site) within the county, so it is not possible to simply “say no to the CAFO.”  

Therefore, Bayfield County is considering an operations ordinance as a means of regulating potential adverse impacts to the community including risks to public health, safety, pollution, and nuisances (see link to Executive Summary below).  In a nutshell, the purpose of the ordinance is to ensure that the CAFO owner bears all of the operational costs of the facility and does not pass them onto citizens. (Note: the ordinance applies to CAFOs with 1000 or more animal units and will not impact any existing farms in Bayfield County). 
Please call or write to your Bayfield County Supervisor to express your concerns regarding the CAFO and your support for stringent standards such as those provided in the operations ordinance.  

If you are not a Bayfield County resident, please contact Dennis Pocernich, Bayfield County Supervisor Chairman (addresses provided in 3rd link, below). 

To read the rest of the Action Alert please click here.

Action Alert! Public Hearing about CAFOs on December 17th


Farms Not Factories has just sent out an Action Alert Newsletter!

It begins as follows:

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

The Large Scale Livestock Study Committee (LSLSC) issued their report and recommendations to the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors on December 3rd. They are holding a public hearing on December 17th at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center (NGLVC) at 6 PM to listen to citizen's feedback about their report and recommendations. You can also email your feedback through December 27th to cafoinput@bayfieldcounty.org.

If you wish to address the LSLSC at the public hearing, you need to sign up when you arrive at the NGLVC and you'll be given three minutes to speak. Typically, people speak in the order they are listed on the sign-up sheet.

We learned during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping period that the most effective and useful feedback involved specific feedback/suggestions (positive or negative) for the scoping comments and this process, with the LSLSC recommendations, is no different. The LSLSC is looking for specific comments about the Facts, Gaps and Solutions in their report from citizens.

They are hoping to receive feedback from you about:

  • what you support in the recommendations.
  • what you think is missing in the recommendations.
  • what additional pertinent information you'd like to see added to the recommendations. 
  • why you feel more stringent standards are necessary to protect the Chequamegon Bay region from the potential negative impacts caused by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). 

It's extremely important we provide concise, targeted and relevant feedback on the LSLSC recommendations and not just a statement of "I don't support the CAFO". In order for the public hearing to be effective, we must have a good understanding of what's at risk from the CAFO as well as what's being proposed as solutions by the LSLSC.

Please plan on attending and letting the members of the LSLSC know that you appreciate all their work over the past year and what, if anything, you'd like them to add/delete/change in their recommendations to the County Board. 

Please click here to read the rest of the Action Alert