Media Alert: NEW REPORT Wisconsin Mega-Dairies and the State-Sanctioned Polluting of Kewaunee County

WHAT: A press conference for the joint public release of the investigative report, The Rap Sheets: Industrial Dairies of Kewaunee County Wisconsin — The Regulatory Failure of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, A Threat to Public Health and the Environment

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 10:00 am CT

WHERE: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Seneca Room, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313

WHO: Scott Dye Field Coordinator, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
Lynn Utesch Co-founder, Kewaunee CARES & grass-fed beef farmer
Jim Goodman Board Vice President, Family Farm Defenders & organic dairyman


The health and safety of Kewaunee County is under attack, and Wisconsin DNR is watching it happen.

The culmination of more than a year-long investigative project, The Rap Sheets: Industrial Dairies of Kewaunee County Wisconsin tells the story of a rampant, uncontrolled pollution hazard created by the 15 industrial dairies and 1 large-scale beef operation in Kewaunee County, and how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has endangered residents by ignoring known environmental, drinking water and human health risks. In an effort led by the national organization Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, more than 6,000 public records were researched and reviewed to create the 140-page report. The result: a public document that details how industrial concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are destroying public health, groundwater and Wisconsin’s rural environment — all with the Wisconsin DNR’s knowledge and tacit approval.

The press conference will feature representatives of the Wisconsin-based community organizations Kewaunee CARES and Family Farm Defenders and will include the participation of Kewaunee County residents who live each day with the reality of unchecked, state-sanctioned pollution that threatens their families’ health and rural community.

Copies of the report will be made available to members of the media attending the press conference.

NOTE: For interested media members who cannot attend, the event will be accessible live via Telelink and an online version of the report will be made available.


For more information, please contact:

Lynn Utesch
Kewaunee CARES
815-345-9597 | lnutesch@yahoo.com

Steve Masar
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
415-420-7527 | media@sraproject.org