I’ve been responsible for more pollution and health issues than most people. Over 53 years processing several million cattle and hogs, I knew it from day 1 that it was something that shouldn’t have been done.
There were many people in the same business that did the same as me. We were directed by the EPA and forced to spend from $500,000-$1 million on holding ponds for liquid manure. It made no sense due to the fact that we were then told it was all right to pump it over farmland for the production of human food. A few million tons of solid manure were hauled to farmers and gardeners free of charge. Most of this was applied along the boundaries of the James and Missouri rivers.
There are tons of pouch manure from local packing firms that could be more dangerous than that manure. The manure piles at livestock operations are interesting. On the manure piles that will be hauled onto the fields as fertilizer includes diseased baby pigs, baby calves and aborted baby calves, including diseased animals and poultry that the rendering plants will not pick up because they’re too small to process. It all ends up used to grow food.
Stockmen’s Livestock was directed by the EPA where the lagoon should be located. I didn’t agree but did as directed. If you look on an aerial map, it is located near the Missouri River. Do you call that good judgement?
Manure management has not changed to modern technology. Any factory farms with large numbers of livestock must utilize technology that is available. This technology can be for the production of products other than to pollute the soil with e-coli and other dangerous contents. If they are allergic to change, they should exit the business. Ask people with cancer about their opinion.
Sen. Mike Rounds is holding meetings, including Yankton, concerning government agencies that don’t follow the Rule of Law. Also, there’s the high level of politics involved in the judicial system in South Dakota. When the results surface, it will make front-page news. Judges, lawyers, state bar officials will be exposed.
I would like comments. It will be interesting to see how many people mentioned above will respond. If you guess the exact amount, I will donate $50 to the winner’s favorite charity.