Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill

Dec 6, 2013

Piglets in Iowa.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers all over the country are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – are growing even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.

In this episode of Field Notes, Clay Masters reports for Harvest Public Media on a CAFO fight in Iowa. We also hear from Harvest Public Media reporter Luke Runyon about the Senate's newest iteration of the farm bill, which US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says will include funding for a liaison for veterans affairs within the USDA and low-interest micro-loans for beginning veteran farmers.