Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities? - Boscobel

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Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?
Saturday, January 20th 
AmericInn Conference Center
1700 Elm Street, Boscobel, WI  53805
Grassroots organizations from throughout the region bring you a forum on the rapid increase of industrial animal confinements and associated infrastructure in the Driftless area and what communities are doing in response.
We will learn about our sensitive karst hydrogeology and what has happened in areas where many of these operations have been permitted to see how industrial agriculture can affect our health, economies, and environment.   We will also learn about supporting other ways to produce pork and food on this landscape.
Our keynote speech, “Defending Rural Communities against Economic Colonization” will be given by John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. He grew up on a small farm and later worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at four different state universities. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on agriculture and economics. He is the author of six published books and one free on-line book, which can be located through his websites:  or 
We have gathered a diverse and knowledgeable panel, ranging from a local hog farmer, a neighbor to an industrial hog facility, a geologist, an environmental attorney, state and national level environmental advocates, and more who, will discuss issues and answer questions. 
There will be plenty of time to network and share our struggles and successes, with a focus on solution-oriented discussion about what has been done and what can be done to protect our land, water, and air in the Driftless region.
Co-sponsored by: 

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network 

Crawford Stewardship Project 

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Preserve Grant County Farmland

South Central Wisconsin Farmers Union

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth

St Croix County Defending our Water

Coulee Region Sierra Club

Farms Not Factories

Green County Defending Our Farmland

Family Farm Defenders

Echo Valley Hope

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network 

Wisconsin Network for Peace Justice and Sustainability