FACTORY FARMS AND THE THREAT TO THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER WATERSHED
STATEWIDE EDUCATIONAL TOUR SLATED
The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance will host and fund a seven-city, educational Whistle-Stop Speaking Tour in Arkansas featuring experts from Waterkeeper® Alliance, beginning on October 25th in Fayetteville and ending on October 31st in Little Rock. Other cities included in this educational tour include Harrison, Eureka Springs, Jasper, Yellville, and Mountain Home. The public is invited to attend these free educational events concerning the protection of water quality in the Buffalo River Watershed.
Industrial-sized hog farms are coming to Arkansas. The first is now operating near the Buffalo National River in Newton County. A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) is a method of mass producing meat by confining large numbers of animals to small spaces. The C&H Hog Farm located in Mt. Judea, Newton County, AR, is contracted to international conglomerate Cargill and is operating with a multi-million dollar taxpayer subsidized loan. It is located near Big Creek, which is one of the major tributaries of the Buffalo National River.
The factory hog farm sits on top of one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the state in the Ozark Mountains. The 6500 pigs will produce about 1.5 million gallons of manure per year. This along with the wash water results in over 2 million gallons of hog waste per year that will be spread over porous ground adjacent to Big Creek and across from the Mt. Judea public school.
During this educational speaking tour, Waterkeeper® Alliance professionals will discuss impending health and economic issues, pollution of air and water, and the threat to the entire Buffalo National River watershed.