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Arkansas hog farm in Buffalo River watershed ordered to manage manure

Operation OK’d to remain open

By Emily Walkenhorst

This article was published February 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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FILE — Sanders Farm in Newton County contained as many as 3,200 hogs this summer, with some let loose to roam outdoors to alleviate crowding.

A map showing the location of Sanders Farm


Operators of an unpermitted hog farm in the Buffalo River's watershed must clear improperly stored hog manure and develop a plan to manage the manure by March 15, a judge has ordered.

A map showing the location of Sanders Farm


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TimberTopper says... February 19, 2018 at 8:26 a.m.

Mike Masterson, where are you?

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arkateacher54 says... February 19, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Just close the dang hog farms down. What fool started a hog farm in the Buffalo watershed anyway? The Buffalo is a one-of-a-kind national treasure. There are plenty of hog farms and we can do without some of them.

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FayFan says... February 19, 2018 at 11:54 a.m.

Last paragraph shows classic Farm Bureau response, trying to point the finger at small farmers ("free-range") as if they are the problem. They are not.

The problem is CAFOs like the one in this article and that other one in the Buffalo watershed, places where animals are packed into buildings like sardines their entire lives and never see the light of day. These are not farms, they are factories.

Each hog produces as much waste as 5-10 humans (depending on size of hog and type of feed). Simple math shows these "farms" each produce as much sewage as a town of 15-30,000 people, none of which is treated before it is spread on the ground. We don't allow untreated human waste to be spread on the ground. Why does anyone think it is okay to do this with hog waste? It is no cleaner. And it certainly makes no sense when the underlying bedrock is fractured limestone karst. That pig poop ends up in the creeks, springs, rivers and underground waters.

Many rivers in Iowa and North Carolina, not to mention CHINA, have been so totally polluted by hog waste from CAFOs that they are no longer allowing any more to be built. Here in Arkansas we have the opportunity to stop building them BEFORE we spoil our beautiful Buffalo.

Here's some irony. You can bet that most if not all of the pork product coming out of these polluting CAFOs is being exported to growing markets in Asia.
So. Are we really going to destroy the jewel of the Natural State, our country's first National River, so more people in China (where they've already messed up their own rivers with too many CAFOs) can eat more pork chop suey?

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