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Letter: Pig farm will devastate rural community

I was raised on our family farm near Buffalo, N.D. After college, I served in the U.S. Army, worked with Fargo Public Schools and eventually returned to my hometown 30 years ago. I am a past mayor of the community and am involved in our American ...

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I  was raised on our family farm near Buffalo, N.D. After college, I served in the U.S. Army, worked with Fargo Public Schools and eventually returned to my hometown 30 years ago. I am a past mayor of the community and am involved in our American Legion Post #10, the City of Buffalo Historic Preservation Commission, the Buffalo Community Club and the City Park Board.

The proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) to be located two miles southeast of Buffalo could be devastating to the quality of life I enjoy with my friends, family and neighbors. Our group of Concerned Citizens in Buffalo is not opposed to animal agriculture but resistant to corporate control and potential devastation of our water and air quality, and much more.
I challenge Rep. Wayne Trottier, R-Northwood, to show us that communities feel they are better off with this type of factory farming. They do not have to live with the enormous economic, ecological, social and health issues. Our rural families and the people of Buffalo certainly would.
It is not true that the employees of this hog operation will be our neighbors, friends or families. The employees will not be family farmers. This is much different from what makes North Dakota a leader in agriculture.
We’ve been leaders because of our strong family farmers and ranchers who own their farms and understand what it means to be connected to the community where they live and work.
Studies and experience show the number of animals might increase from the proposed 9,000-pig facility to include other CAFOs throughout the Interstate 94 corridor. I am concerned my community, the county and the entire state of North Dakota will not recover from such an expansion of CAFOs. I would rather have 100 farmers producing 9,000 hogs than one factory farm producing the same number.
As a member of Concerned Citizens of Buffalo, I encourage people to do their own research to learn about the huge impact of this type of factory farming. You can read about our story and concerns at our site set up by the Concerned Citizens of Buffalo at gofundme.com/wwny5w7w. Please show your support and help us have a voice in our destiny.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. The Forum and Agweek are both owned by Forum Communications Company.

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