Public pressure stops Iowa Select in Tama county
Last week, Iowa Select withdrew a construction permit application to build a 5,000-head hog factory in Tama County!
The secret sauce? Public pressure! The neighbors organized and put direct pressure on Iowa Select to drop their plan which would have built the hog factory near the homestead of Iowa’s beloved “Butter Cow Lady,” the late Norma Lyon. Norma’s son and seven other neighboring families placed an ad in the local shopper, contacted Iowa Select decision makers and started to plan a press conference when they got the news last week that Iowa Select withdrew its application.
This isn’t the first time that a factory farm developer backed off as a result of public pressure, and it won’t be the last. If you hear rumors of factory farm construction in your community, please contact the CCI Statewide Headquarters at 515.282.0484. Together, we can protect our water, our land, our communities, and our quality of life from factory farms.
Eric Lyon, a Tama resident, expressed his argument as to why construction should be delayed.
“Because not even one neighbor was contacted by either land owners, Iowa Select, Crystal Finishers, for citing large commercial hog factories — because Iowa Select made no good faith effort to be good neighbors that they advertise being, — because the DNR’s (Department of Natural Resources) own employees a few years ago when the permit was denied in another area that it would be nearly impossible for the DNR with their manpower to check every manure management plans phosphorus index — for every hog confinement field that was applied for,” Lyon said.