Information and Resources
(Missouri Department of Natural Resources, January 2005)
A great overview of the hog factory farm situation from In Motion Magazine.
A list of counties known to have county health or zoning restrictions on animal feeding operations and counties containing townships with zoning restrictions on animal feeding operations.
Subtitled: “There is a better way – independent family farmers.” From a December 1998 speech by the Executive Director of the Missouri Crisis Center. (In Motion Magazine)
Report about Missouri livestock producers and the benefits of rotational grazing. (US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water)
Notes that staggering land devaluation occurs near the county’s CAFOs. Bottom line – $2.68 million in loss of land value for Saline county and 99 property owners within 3 miles of CAFOs, or an average of $112 per acre! (Community Policy Analysis Center, University of Missouri – Columbia, May 1999)
Impact of Anti-Corporate Farming Laws in Missouri
- From 1994 to 1998, the number of livestock operations with 1-99 head fell from 50.5 to 42 percent of the market share, while 100-499 head operations grew from 34.3 to 36.0 percent, and 500+ head operations gained from 15.2 to 22 percent market share.
- General Figures: In 1976, the state was the fourth largest hog producer, with 5 million hogs; in 1992, Missouri was ranked seventh in hog production with 2.8 million hogs.
- From 1969 to 1987, the number of Missouri farmers selling fewer than 100 hogs a year dropped from 20,585 to 6,768.
- Contract farming rose from eight to twenty percent from 1986 to 1992.
- The number of farms has dropped from 111,000 (1993) to 110,000 (1998)
- Average farm size has risen from 272 (1993) acres to 274 acres (1998)
- Small Sales Class farms rose from 59,600 farms (1993) to 62,700 farms (1998); Middle Sales Class farms fell from 41,800 farms to 36,700 farms; Large Sales Class farms rose from 9,600 farms to 10,600 farms
- Source: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
The FKAN maintains a searchable database of fish kills and manure spills in the Upper Mississippi River Basin states (IL, IA, MN, MO, and WI). All records in the database have been verified by state agencies, and have been compiled on a map of fish kills and manure spills in the region.
An In Motion Magazine column co-edited by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, which is a statewide organization of farmers and their families with thirteen chapters around the state of Missouri.
Provides state legislative information along with documents related to state and local government. (Washburn University School of Law)
Links for each state, with current information about farm size, financial status, rural employment, land use, and more. (USDA)
Water Quality in the Mississippi Embayment, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1995-98
Water quality assessment reports from the US Geological Survey.
State and Local Government
- County Links for Missouri
- Missouri Air Issues Control Division
- Missouri Department of Agriculture
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- Missouri Water Issues
This report profiles “Patchwork Family Farm Products” a Missouri-based farmers initiative that helps consumers know that the product was raised by local Missouri farmers who follow strict standards of sustainable agriculture such as no growth hormones or antibiotic feed, integrated pest management, environmentally-friendly methods of fertilization, crop rotation and minimum tillage.
This nonprofit organization provides public interest legal services to organizations, citizen groups, and individuals who seek to protect the environment. Great Rivers’ mission is to promote public health through clean air and water, preserve open spaces and wetlands, and advocate for the environmental justice concerns of disadvantaged populations.
Regulations from the Department of Natural Resources
A PowerPoint® presentation of an ordinance establishing health regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations and providing standards for the permitting of concentrated animal feeding operations. (Linn County, MO)
Restriction of emission of odors: Kansas City Area
Restriction of emission of odors: Outstate Missouri Area
Restriction of emission of odors: Springfield-Greene County Area
Restriction of emission of odors: St. Louis Area