I would like to say it would have been great to see a story that presents both sides of an issue. The majority of our nations farms are family owned (nearly 98%), this represents all sizes of farms from the smallest to the largest.
It is in the best interest of an animal operation to operate within the laws in the area it is based. All of the possibilities outlined in the article would stem from extreme mismanagement of that operation and potentially violate many local, state and federal laws. As a business the management team of any farm pays close attention to all aspects of that farm. Fine for environmental dmage can be enormous and no farm in today’s economy would be able to weather that storm. Furthermore the manure from our animals makes a great fertilizer and is full of nutrients we need to grow healthy crops. If the fertilizer is used and managed correctly it is not over-applied so as to apply the nutrients available in amounts needed to grow a specific crop. This is basic agronomics only replace or apply what is needed by the next crop or was used by the previous crop.
Are there bad apples out there? Yes indeed there may be but they would represent a extremely small minority. Let’s not paint all of Animal Ag with such a broad brush and tarnish the reputation of the many farmers out there working hard to grow and raise our food, fiber & fuel for our nation.