We discuss the large-scale hog farm planned for Crawford County on today’s “Newsmakers” program, after it was recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Host Ezra Wall speaks with Howard “AV” Roth, owner of Roth Feeder Pig, Inc., on this plan to build a second concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, that will house 8,160 swine. The facility will generate around 9.4 million gallons of manure and wastewater each year. Wall is also joined by Forest Jahnke of the Crawford Stewardship Project, who talks about the concerns of many that the CAFO will negatively affect air quality, groundwater and waters within the Kickapoo River Watershed.
We then hear from Peter Cameron, Managing Editor of The Badger Project, who discusses a report on Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District since completion of redistricting in the state. With the upcoming retirement of Democratic Congressman Ron Kind, who held the district for 25 years, Cameron shares the current outlook as the election approaches.